CSA: Produce has never been easier!

by: Mikako Muta

Introduction:

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a group of people who pledge to support the transition of individually owned farmland, to a community shared farmland. In return, the members will receive a share of the harvest, and trade within the group. This strategy allows for better prices for the buyers, and relieves them from the burden of marketing.

Advantages:

Advantages for farmers:

  • More time is spent marketing instead of long 16 hour days
  • Payment is given early in the season, so they have a stable income
  • Ability to communicate and meet their consumers

Advantages for consumers:

  • Fresh food, and they can see where the food is produced
  • New ways to cook and new expose to produce
  • A visit to the farm at least once a year
  • Kids typically enjoy the vegetables after seeing/meeting the farmer
  • Develop a great relationship with their local farmers

*Guaranteed fresh produce*

Questions to ask a CSA farmer:

  1. How long have you been farming?
  2. How long have you been doing a CSA?
  3. Are there items in your box grown by other farms, and if so, which farms?
  4. How did last season go?
  5. How many members do you have?
  6. What percentage of the food you deliver annually is grown on your farm?
Community Supported Agriculture: What to expect when you join a farm

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What I have learned:

For me, I grew up in Idaho, produce and farming has always been a big part of my life. I have raised livestock and worked on a farm for as long as I can remember, so this movement has really impacted me. My aunt is a CSA farmer, and my grandma is a CSA member. After going into deeper analysis, I realized how great this whole movement is. CSA is about supporting local, gaining friendship, and fresh farm goods in return. Moreover, my mother has become a CSA member and we now fully buy local. The positivity in this movement is endless and I truly believe that it benefits everyone involved.