All About CSA!

By Roopsha Bandopadhyay

What is CSA?

Through the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, individuals buy vegetables from a local farmer. The buyers become members of the farm and share the bounties as well as the risks associated with the farm. For a season, typically from June until October or November, the farmer will deliver the customer's vegetables every one or two weeks.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that 12,617 farms in the country were involved in a CSA program in 2012. This was a slight increase from 12,549 farms in 2007.

Food Network: Community Supported Agriculture

Benefits of CSA

Farmers and Consumers

Farmers and consumers alike can benefit from CSA.

Farmers are able to start selling their vegetables before the harvest season, gain an early payment for their produce, and receive opportunities to expand their connections and networks through the people who purchase their produce. Additionally, the community of consumers share the risks associated with a poor harvest due to pests or unfavorable weather.

Consumers receive locally-grown, fresh food and their nutritional benefits with no additional processing or chemicals; an appreciation for multiple, novel kinds of vegetables; an opportunity to visit and observe a farm up close; and a way to build a relationship with local farmers.

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