Community Supported Agriculture

(or also known as) Community Shared Agriculture

What is the CSA?

The CSA has become popular over 25 years. This organization is an alternative that allows city residents to have access to locally based high quality fresh produce that is grown by regional farmers. It makes one a step closer to the farmer who handles and grows their food.

How does the CSA work?

- A farmer offers a certain amount of "shares" to the public.
("shares" are considered a box of vegetables with other farm products included.)
- Interested costumers then proceed to purchase a "share".
(Sometimes there will be a membership or subscription.)
- Eventually, you will receive a box, bag or basket of produce each week through the farming season.

Farmer Advantages:

- Farmers will get to spend time marketing food earlier on in the year, before 16 hour days on the farm begin.
- They will have the opportunity to befriend the people who eat the food they grow.
- They will get to receive pay early on in the season, which benefits the farms cash flow.

Consumer Advantages:

- Always have extra fresh food with full flavor and vitamin benefits.
- Get to visit the farm once a season.
- Get exposed to new ways to cook.
- It's been found that kids typically favor food from "their" farm even ones that they have never tried.
- Develop a relationship with the farmer that grows their food.
- Get to learn more about how food is grown.

Why Join the CSA?

Buy Local - Connect with the food you eat by meeting farmers and exploring the farm.
- Your support will help local farms stay afloat.
Eat Great! - Always have fresh food for your family.
- Explore new foods and learn how to cook with them.
Be Healthy - Eat more fresh veggies and fruit.
- Share healthy eating habits and get exposed to regional produce.
Protect the Environment - Support farmers who take care of their land by growing foods in ways that take care of the soil.
- You cut the number of miles your food travels from the farm to your plate.

Information:

By going to WWW.LocalHarvest.org you could find local food anywhere in the country and use their map to locate farmers markets, family farms and CSA's.