CSA Shares

Community-supported agriculture (CSA)

Our CSA is an alternative, locally-based economic model of agriculture. We generally focus on the production of high quality product for a local community, using organic or biodynamic farming methods. Our CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local plants, with  consumers sharing the risks and benefits of production. Community members support the farm by purchasing a Farm Share for the growing session. In return, the farmer takes good care of the crops while growing flavorful, healthy product. The bounty of the farm is then returned to the Farm Share members, who receive a variety of fresh product every week at a competitive price. This kind of farming operates with a much greater degree of involvement of consumers and other stakeholders than usual — resulting in a stronger consumer-producer relationship.

 

Shared Risk

CSA members make a commitment to support the farm through their membership. This commitment ensures the survival of local agriculture by sharing the risk and bounty of the farm. There is an important concept woven into the CSA model that takes the arrangement beyond the usual commercial transaction. That is the notion of shared risk: Our CSA is based on a simple principle: connecting people to their local product source. By joining you become an active part of the farm's success and community.This implies that individuals, families or groups do not directly pay for a certain weight of produce but rather support the budget of the whole farm and receive weekly what is seasonally ripe. Your membership helps to pay for seeds, water, utilities, land and equipment.

In its most formal and structured forms CSAs focus on having:

  • A transparent, whole harvest budget for producing a wide array of product.
  • A common-pricing system where producers and consumers discuss and democratically agree to pricing based on the acceptance of the budget; and
  • A ‘shared risk and reward’ agreement, i.e. that the consumers receive what the farmers grow even with the vagaries of seasonal growing

 

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