CSA stands for Community Shared (or Supported ) Agriculture. It is a local system of direct sale popular throughout North America.
In this system, members pay farmers up front for a share in the harvest of the coming season. CSA farmers provide members with seasonal vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers at weekly drop-offs or pick-ups.
- Get delicious, fresh, healthy food
- Receive quality organic food at affordable prices
- Can visit and volunteer at the farm where their food is grown
- Learn about eating in season, preparing new foods and food preservation
- Become a part of a local food community through pick-ups, events and volunteer opportunities
- Have a direct investment in their future food security, and
- Share in bumper crops and good years.
- Start the season with a guaranteed market for their harvest
- Receive money at the beginning of the season to help pay for seeds, compost and other inputs
- Share risks such as bad weather and pest outbreaks with their members, and
- Gain satisfaction from knowing the people who eat the food they grow.