What is CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture is a concept describing a Community Based Organization including Producers (Farmers) and Consumers (that would be You, Current and Future Members). The Consumers agree to provide up front support early in the season to help the farm secure funds for the upcoming season when many of the larger annual purchases are taking place. The Farm provides, to the best of their abilities, a selection of high quality vegetables throughout the growing season as well as a space for the community to come together around shared values and beautiful food.  The interaction and cooperation inherent in a CSA’s arrangement create certain possibilities:

ForFarmersto know the needs of the Community before working the land or planning the garden.
For theConsumersto have the opportunity to express their food and financial needs and preferences.
For the Commitment to be consciously and openly established between Farmers and Consumers.
For the Farmers’ needs to be recognized and fulfilled, thereby freeing the Farmers to serve the Community.

As you can see, this simple arrangement allows great benefits for the Farmers and the Consumers, as well as the Community at large.

The Consumers receive Fresh, High Quality vegetables with a direct link to the soil they were grown in.  They have the opportunity to walk the land, meet with the farmers, experience the rhythms of Farm Life, and watch their farm and community progress and thrive.  They have the opportunity to converse with the Farmers, to know them better, and to provide regular feedback, impressions, frustrations, suggestions, and joys of being a part of their CSA.  In coming to the Vegetable Pick-ups regularly, they may meet and know better their neighbors, both their needs and how they each are a vital part of the Community.

The Farmers are allowed to put their entirety into caring for the farm and producing the vegetables during the growing season, as they have done their marketing, budgeting, and planning during the winter and have sufficient support established.  They have the pleasure of being in direct relationship with the Consumers, to know and serve their needs and share the abundance (and difficulties) of this growing life.  The risks of farming (drought/flooding/crop failure) are shared with the Consumers, taking some of the burden from the Farmer.

The Community has kept a piece of land a working, living farm and has formed a place to meet each other, converse, and grow together.  Some may be going through difficult situations in life, and the Community can recognize their needs and help support them, directly through the CSA with a subsidized share, or through other means.
As you can see, this simple arrangement allows great benefits for the Farmers and the Consumers, as well as the Community at large.