What is a CSA?

This article is an excellent overview of the CSA model. It’s from a Vermont growers association, but the same principles apply here. Read up on the basics of CSA membership to learn if it’s a fit for you!


Why Is Community Supported Agriculture Important?

CSA’s direct marketing gives farmers and growers the fairest return on their products.
CSA keeps food dollars in the local community and contributes to the maintenance and establishment of regional food production.
CSA encourages communication and cooperation among farmers.
With a “guaranteed market” for their produce, farmers can invest their time in doing the best job they can rather than looking for buyers.
CSA supports the biodiversity of a given area and the diversity of agriculture through the preservation of small farms producing a wide variety of crops.
CSA creates opportunity for dialogue between farmers and consumers.
CSA creates a sense of social responsibility and stewardship of local land.
CSA puts “the farmers face on food” and increases understanding of how, where, and by whom our food is grown.