Community Supported Agriculture
What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a form of direct marketing. At the beginning of the growing season CSA members pay for a subscription to the CSA farm. In return, the farmer provides the members with a weekly share of the harvest. This may mean less than anticipated yields. On the other hand, which is more often the case, the farmer is blessed with an abundance of produce passing the benefits on to the members.
Both growers and consumers have found this relationship to be mutually beneficial. Members receive a variety of fresh local produce and have the satisfaction of knowing where their food comes from and how it's produced. Farmers benefit by receiving funds upfront to buy seeds and inputs. They also are relieved of most of the task of marketing by having a guaranteed market and price for what they will produce.
Why Join A CSA?
Eat Fresh - Experience food with higher nutrition and better taste.
Eat Locally - Save the expensive fossil fuel miles (about 1,300) that it currently takes to get a pound of food to the American table.
Safety - Know where and how your food was grown and harvested.
Convenience - What's easier than picking up a box of prepacked fresh produce!
Support & Preserve - A farm family, beautiful farm landscapes, wild life habitats, and a more secure local economy by keeping your money local.
Community - Connect naturally to the source of your food and to each other in the spirit of community.
Relationships - You will have a very direct relationship to the farm and farmer growing your food.