Community Supported Agriculture might be defined as a partnership between farmers and consumers.
The U.S. government farming organization
ATTRA (Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas) has this
definition of a CSA on their website:
"Members or shareholders of the
farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the
farm operation and farmer’s salary. In return, they receive shares in
the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction
gained from reconnecting to the land.
Members also share in risks, including poor harvest due to unfavourable weather or pests."
It might be easier to say, 'customers subscribe to a farm, paying to receive a share of vegetables each week throughout the growing season'.
However you define it, the key point is that a group of people in the community pay a farmer to grow vegetables for them. And in many cases they pay in advance for the season.
***** Important May 2020 Update*****
New Terra Farm has a new venture this season; we are preparing to launch our legal cannabis start-up, TNT-Buds. We were medical growers for a number of years, the herb helped Suzie tremendously with arthritic pain.
We appreciate your support, funds from book sales are going to help us contribute to the legal cannabis market, which I think is a worthwhile and needed thing.
Happy Growing, Scott & Suzie
Community Supported Agriculture is a powerful model, letting the farmer use that advance payment to 'bootstrap' farm operations (hey, that sounds familiar!) Yes, award-winning New Terra Farm is based the CSA model.
The farmer receives other advantages with a CSA:
There are benefits for the consumer as well:
So buying from a CSA program is a great way to get good food and support local business. And if you have ever thought about turning your love of gardening into a business, we highly recommend you consider the Community Supported Agriculture model.
It's no secret that I think that Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great model for farmers and communities, so here are 7 CSA success secrets to help make your CSA a winner.
CSA success secrets
What does it take to start your own CSA market garden? I put together this Get-Started Checklist to give you an idea to the timing and the tasks if you want to start growing for market with your own CSA. Get your Growing for Market Get-Started Checklist
The current economic situation has made it difficult for even experienced workers to find a job. It's even tougher for youth and students. Why not create your own non-job by starting a Student CSA.
Here are some of the frequently asked questions about CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
Let's suppose you have a small property(even a big back yard)and you
could use some additional part-time income. Creating a small CSA could make you big money.
A multi-farm CSA unites several growers to feed a common community. Is this the way of the future for small farms and small communities?
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