What is CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. This model connects consumers and farmers by way of a subscription, to a share in the harvest of a farm. In return for subscribing to a harvest, consumers receive either a weekly or bi-weekly box of produce and/or other goods.
CSAs focus mainly on the production of high-quality foods for local communities and a shared risk-membership structure. If a farm does very well one week or year, with higher-than-average production, your box will topped up accordingly. If the farm is having a tougher week or year, with lower-than-average production, your box may not be as bountiful. As a subscriber you are signing on to ride the ups and downs of the realities of farming. You really are investing in the farm!
The CSA model operates with a greater degree of involvement from the consumer. As compared to other traditional methods where there can be a lack of awareness about where our food is coming from and how it is produced. The result is an elevated consumer-producer relationship, and a diminished overall environmental footprint for both the farmer and consumer.
What's in a Box?
Here are some examples of what our CSA shares looked like last year. You can expect to find 7-10 varieties of veggies and fruit in your box each week.