CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.
It’s a unique arrangement between farmers and eaters.
People join, and become members of a CSA farm. Members of a CSA purchase a share, or box, before the growing season begins. In this way, members commit to the farm for the season and help cover the initial annual costs of the farm operation.
In return, members receive boxes of a farm’s produce throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and being more knowledgeable of local food production.
Along with farm-fresh food, CSA shares include:
- a newsletter that accompanies each delivery with notes about farm activities, descriptions of delivery contents, cooking tips, and recipes.
- opportunities for the farm’s members and families to visit the farm and participate in farm events.
- a diversity of share options including extended season shares, customizable shares, and various share sizes.
- special funds and payment plans to accommodate households on a tight budget.
- knowledge that the farmer uses sustainable and organic methods to reduce the impact of agriculture on the environment.