Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship of mutual support and commitment between farmers and community members. CSA members buy shares of the harvest prior to the growing season, and in return, receive a weekly selection of fresh, delicious produce at a 10-20% discount off retail prices. Share payments help cover the pre-season cost of purchasing seeds and soil amendments, as well as help fund the continued expense of running a farm using environmentally sound practices, while ensuring a liveable wage for the farmers. Weather can be a factor in the outcome of the harvest. Members agree to share both the surpluses and losses throughout the season.
See Vermont Harvest: 2010 Harvest Guide article by Chris Siegriest on CSAs: Community Supported Agriculture.
The Benefits of CSA
Support the local farm economy and help keep agricultural lands in farming.
Develop a relationship with the farm and farmers. Gain first-hand knowledge that the vegetables you are eating are grown in a safe and healthy way. Connect with your neighbors.
Eat food that is healthier for the earth. By eating local, you minimize the amount of fossil fuel that would be used in transporting, packaging, and processing your food.
Buy your vegetables, bread, cheese, and eggs at prices lower than those at retail stores and farmers’ markets.
“Communty Supported Agriculture means just what it says:communities coming together to support their farms and farmers, while honoring themselves through the act of eating superb food. What could be better than that?”
— Chris Siegriest, Bread & Roses CSA