What Is CSA?

Let's know more about Community Supported Agriculture!

Introduction---What Does CSA Do?

Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community's farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.

History---How Was It Created?

Community-supported agriculture was influenced by European biodynamic agriculture ideas formulated by Rudolf Steiner. Two European farmers, Jan Vander Tuin from Switzerland and Trauger Groh from Germany, brought European biodynamic farming ideas to the United States in the mid-1980s. More deeper influence of a community-supported agricultural project led to the separate and simultaneous creation of two CSAs which were CSA Garden and Temple-Wilton Community Farm. The CSA Garden remained together until 1990. The Temple-Wilton Community Garden was more successful and still operates as a CSA today. CSA North America was founded in 1992. Since the 1980s, community supported farms have been organized throughout North America. The rise of CSAs seems to be correlated with the increase in awareness of the environmental movement in the United States.

How Does CSA Benefit For Everyone?

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Why Do Consumers Support CSA?

CSA was created in response to a globalized food economy to provide consumers with the ability to secure safe, local food and develop relationships with the people and places that produce that food. Some CSA farms further integrate members into the farm operations by enlisting them into advisory and administrative roles. Through it all, consumers enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that they are directly enabling their local farms to survive and with their membership supporting their local economies and community health.