Community Service Agriculture
The benefits of CSA
Method of Growing Food
Only 1% of CSA farms use conventional methods of growing food. The rest in some way use organic practices, whether its certified or mixed organic. This cuts the need for pesticides and produces healthier food. There is no risk of pollution of near by water sources like the concerns with Atrazine.
Traditional farms make less money because during the off season of growing, they depend on non-farm incomes to support themselves. CSA's are less dependent on this type of income because during their growing season they make more money since it is supported by the community. For example, 62% of CSA farmers make $20,000 or more, and 35% of non CSA farmers make $20,000 or more.
Community as a Whole
CSA's also bring the community together creating unity. They hold events such as farmers markets, potlucks and farm tours. Educational events are held for schools and community as well, to inform them about farming and how it works. Then, the surplus of food created is donated to local homes, schools, and food banks.