A CSA is a partnership between farmers and their customers.
What is a CSA Program?
Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an agricultural sale practice as well as a rapidly growing social movement that encourages farmers and community members to share responsibility for the practices by which their food is grown, and the conditions of the land where their food is produced. It allows for the closest possible connection to your food without growing it yourself!
How does this work?
Members, often called “shareholders”, “stakeholders”, or “participants” pay a for a share of a farm’s harvest at the beginning of the growing season to meet a farm’s operating expenses for that upcoming season. In return, members receive a portion of the farm’s produce each week throughout the harvesting portion of the farm season. In our case, we also offer flexible options to suit alternative budgets, as well as direct-to-door delivery, and many other add-on goods from partnered farms that meet our high standards for quality, sustainability, and ethical production.
Why be a member?
This program directly connects you to local farmers who understand that the best food comes from healthy soil. Sustainable small farms cannot function without their members, and often members cannot find the same care and control over their food outside of a CSA. In our case, you can even stop by and see for yourself how we grow your food! We’re working together to make our bodies healthier, our carbon footprints smaller, and our community stronger.
How does this help the farm?
This cooperation allows farmers and consumers to share in the risks and benefits of farming. Unlike conventional agriculture, in which farmers bear the sole risks of weather, pests, and the marketplace alone, in community-supported agriculture, the entire farm community shares both bounty and scarcity. This cooperation can provide farmers with a more equitable return for their labor and investment while relieving some of the burdens and uncertainties of conventional marketing. CSAs dramatically improve the financial viability of small farms, especially farms utilizing sustainable practices, while making those products affordable to customers in the community, as they are free from retail markup.