Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a concept which has been steadily growing in popularity across North America over the past 30 years. In this community supported model, a farm receives a payment up-front for a coming season’s harvest. Once the farm starts harvesting food, subscribers receive frequent batches of fresh produce, which is locally grown and often organic. CSA’s usually mean lots of produce, but can also include other goods the farm produces, such as dairy, meat, and baking. By receiving pre-payment for a season, farms are able to plant according to demand and more securely cover the early costs of sowing and tending to their harvest. CSA programs are generally administered either by the farms themselves, or by local co-op initiatives.