In simplest terms a CSA is a way for a community member to invest their money in fresh, local, home grown, seasonal vegetables and have a direct relationship with the farmer that grows their food. This is done through a subscription by purchasing a share of the season’s harvest.
Community members that are interested can become a Member (purchase a share) of the CSA. Members pre-pay for their share of vegetables grown by the farmer. This benefits the farmer by allowing him or her to purchase seed un-indebted to the banks and to plan for the upcoming season.
Community-supported agriculture farms consist of three main aspects:
- An emphasis on local produce
- Community members purchasing a share of the upcoming season’s harvest or subscriptions sold prior to season
- Weekly deliveries to of the subscribers share.