It's no secret that I believe growing for market is one of the best jobs there is. And, I believe
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is the best model for new farmers to follow. Because you find customers for your produce before the season starts and get paid in advance, you can start your organic market garden with very few resources of your own.
And, because you know exactly how many customers you have, you can plan garden production very efficiently.
But 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.
The suggested timings shown here assume you are starting from scratch to build your own successful Bootstrap Market Garden. The list counts back from your planned first delivery day.
For example, let's say you plan to start delivering vegetables on June 1 – you would start planning 6 months before that i.e. January 1 (or the season before.)
When growing for market, you also need to factor in your first and last frost dates into your calculations.
At New Terra Farm the first frost date and our planned first delivery date drive our entire garden schedule. All seed starting is timed to get the first hardy plants in the ground to give us a good variety of veggies by our first delivery day.
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Bootstrap Market Gardening, my first Bootstrap Book, shows you step-by-step how to start-up, market and manage an organic market garden based on CSA principles.
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