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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Community Supported Agriculture - One Size Does Not Fit All - Think Global, Act Local


No Farms No Food

If you

then being a member of a CSA may be just the thing for you.

Community Supported Agriculture started in Japan in the 1960s and slowly worked its way to the United States in the mid-80s. It was a slow start , but after really kicking off in 1991 in New York, there are now groups all across America. (http://www.justfood.org/csa/history)

Each week during the harvest season, members receive a box (or basket or bag) of the crop, eggs, flowers or other. Some farmers include homemade bread and soup made from the harvest. No CSA is going to be exactly like the one on the next farm. Many people enjoy the surprise of the box. Others join a CSA that the members play a role in the decision-making process of the crops to be grown. There are many choices so explore the CSAs in your area before making a decision.

The members pay up front and share in the risk. "Why would I do that," you might ask. I am going to tell you.

Members

Farmers

Some farmers deliver, others have a drop-off location. Again, CSAs are different so you need to ask.

Small to mid-size, local farms are important. Be a part of that. Embrace that tradition. Supporting a local farmer becomes a symbiotic relationship... where would we be if all we had to choose from was the mass-produced, genetically-altered, subsidized food that is in the box supermarkets of today? I don't want to go there, do you?

kate 1.15.17