Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is a program of mutual support and commitment between the farmers and community members. It’s a partnership between a farmer and a group of supporters who buy shares of the farm’s harvest each year before the farmer has produce to sell. The shares are typically paid for in advance when most of the operating costs for a farm are needed (seeds, soil amendments, equipment, etc…) By purchasing CSA shares early on, members enable the farm to have a solid start to the growing season. Once harvesting begins the members receive a weekly share of seasonable vegetables.
Benefits of Joining A CSA:
- You have access to fresh chemical free produce (average produce at supermarkets travels 1600 miles).
- You know your farmer personally. You can visit the farm and know how your food is grown. You will learn more about the local growing seasons and gardening tips.
- You secure the price of your food for 8 months (share prices are set for entire season).
- You can incorporate new vegetables into your diet that are not available at supermarkets
- You will receive our weekly newsletter with farm updates, recipes, and cooking tips.
- You are reducing the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers (2000 million pounds used in 2007).