Community Supported Agriculture

What Is It?

Community Supported Agriculture is a direct membership arrangement between farmers and local residents in which the consumers buy fresh food, or shares, upfront from farmers and, in turn, receive the produce weekly.
Community Supported Agriculture.


Community-supported agriculture began in the United States in the 1980s and was influenced by European agriculturalist, Rudolf Steiner. Jan Vander Tuin and Trauger Groh were the Europeans who brought the biodynamic agriculture ideas to America.Since the 1980s, community supported farms have been organized throughout North America and are mainly distributed in the United States. The rise of CSAs seems to be correlated with the increase in awareness of the environmental movement in America. Food safety and security issues appear to be growing in scale because of the concerns of mad cow disease, global warming, genetic engineering, and the use of various pesticides. More people are beginning to regard CSA as a safety net.

CSA on the "Plow"

In 1986, there were only two CSA farms to date: one in Massachusetts and one in New Hampshire; they're approaching their 20th anniversary! According to Steven McFadden, there are over 6,000 community-supported agriculture farms, and they are continuing to grow! CSA is establishing a matrix of environmental oases, building networks of families who are cultivating new and healthy aspects of community life, and helping to shape a new vision of agriculture.
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