CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture”
How does a CSA work?
Consumers form a partnership with the farmer for their mutual benefit. Consumers become shareholders by buying a “share” of the harvest. Shareholders come to the farm each week to pick up freshly picked, naturally grown vegetables, herbs, and flowers, estimated to feed two adults and one or two children.
The Farm receives upfront funds for supplies, has a secure contracted market, and can therefore concentrate on farming, and providing shareholders with abundant, high-quality crops.
Communities benefit by having land kept in sustainable agriculture, by strengthening the local economy, and by learning about natural gardening practices.
When you join a CSA, you strengthen the local economy by keeping your food dollars close to home. You only pay for the farmer’s salary, seeds, and equipment. You do not pay a middleman to package, advertise, transport, and add preservatives to your food. You also reduce your carbon footprint by eliminating the carbon emissions involved in importing vegetables from out of town, out of state, or out of the country.
A CSA is a partnership in which the farmer and the consumer share the risk of agriculture and the bounty of a good harvest. We reduce the risk of crop failure by diversifying the vegetables we grow and by using all natural, sustainable growing methods that increase soil fertility and keep plants healthy.