WHAT IS A CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA is an arrangement where individuals buy into the farm at the start of the growing season and in exchange receive a share of the farm’s harvest. Shares are distributed each week throughout the season.
The economic philosophy behind Community Supported Agriculture is one of shared risk. Unlike a co-op, farmers and members share the risks involved in agriculture as well as the bounty of the harvest. Shareholders support the farm through pre-season payment. This membership fee allows the farmer to avoid borrowing money for early season/ pre-produce expenses. In return for this investment the farm is managed to provide members with a diverse distribution of the highest quality seasonal produce.