What is CSA?
Real Food, Real People, Fair Prices
Community Supported Agriculture is a partnership of mutual commitment between farmers and and community of supporters. CSA shareholders make a committment to support the farm throughout the season, assuming the risks and bounty of growing the food along with the farmer. The farm provides, to the best of it's ability, a "CSA share", healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce throughout the growing season.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a model of agriculture that fosters a direct relationship between the farmer and the community. CSA promotes fair prices for both the farmer and the members by eliminating the middle person.
Members of the community purchase a 'share' of the farm's annual harvest before the growing season. Shareholders then visit the farm or go to a box share pick up site weekly from June through October (22 weeks) to pick up their share of the farm's harvest of the fresh, high quality produce.
The CSA model of members committing to support the farm for the growing season provides the farmer with the financial stability necessary to operate in a sustainable way while offering farm members the opportunity to have a direct relationship with the farm where the food they eat comes from, to get to know the folks who grow it, and to participate in the work and community of the farm.
CSA is about building community and engaging citizens in taking responsibility for the land on which their food is grown.