Community Supported Agriculture

by Ali Kapadia


A farmer offers his community a certain number of shares. A share is pretty much just a membership or subscription. In return for purchasing a share, consumers receive a basket or bucket each week throughout farming season. The baskets usually consistent of a box of vegetables and sometimes others farm products.


In Europe, during the 1960's, there were a few groups of women who approached farmers to develop direct, cooperative relationships between producers and consumers. Jan Vandertuin, a Swedish man, brought over the idea to the United States in 1984. By 1986, there were to successful community farms. In this time period there were many young professionals who left jobs to revitalize abandoned farms in the New England area, desiring a less-regimented life. Because of this desire, the farmers sought to produce locally as farming was become more and more consolidated and structural with shipping certain goods to certain areas. This concept has spread from New England all across the country and to Canada.

Benefits and Risk

Risks of community supported agriculture include eating food that might not be up to FDA regulations. Benefits of community supported agriculture include eating food that is much fresher, more organic, and may not have extra chemicals and pesticides.
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Q: What's a CSA? A: Community Supported Agriculture