CSA Reaps in Benefits

IS Community Supported Agriculture the new way to go?

By: Luke del Balzo

What is CSA?

CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a new form of fresh food for city dwellers. CSA allows residents of a city to have immediate access to fresh, high quality produce grown by local farmers. When you join a CSA, members typically pay $400 as an initial payment. The money allows farmers to purchase seeds and prepare the farm for the seasons' harvests. When you pay to join you are purchasing a share of the farmers' harvest during given periods. These shares come in the form of baskets that are either delivered to drop off sites or may even be picked up at the farm. The baskets include varieties of vegetables and produce that are concurrent with the season.