What is a CSA?
Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is an alternative, locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) consists of a community of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production.
CSA members pay at the beginning of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; and once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit.
How CSA Works
Members of the farm pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer’s salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production.
Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests. A CSA is both an investment and a risk for the farmer and the family who joins. Together we are sharing in the risks and rewards of sustainable farming.
By direct sales to community members, who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance, farmers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing.