Community Supported Agriculture – What is it, how does it work, who benefits?
What is it?
CSA allows local residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers.
When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a regional farmer. Weekly or bi-weekly, your farmer will deliver that share of produce to a convenient drop-off location in your neighbourhood.
CSA members pay for an entire season of produce upfront. This early bulk payment enables your farmer to plan for the season, purchase new seed, make equipment repairs, and more.
Shares usually include 7-10 types of vegetables. Most CSAs also offer half shares for smaller households or busy people who frequently eat out.
Everyone benefits. The farmer, the subscriber, the volunteers. Everyone involved can reap the benefits of the produce grown and you can see exactly where your food has come from, right back to seedling on the farm too your plate.
Even if, by forces uncontrollable, there is a bad harvest from pest or disease or the weather, there are still plenty of other produce that will be available. So if your box has a few less of one, there might be extra of another item.