Neighbourhood Supported
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A very new variation of the CSA model is called Neighbourhood Supported Agriculture. This has been described as “multi-plot, community supported, organic to the core, for the people gardening!”

It essentially involves residents (and can include businesses, schools, public land and churches) agreeing to have their back and/or front yards converted to “productive micro-farms”. The resulting produce is shared between the grower who grows the produce and the landowner.

The grower can then choose to use the produce for a CSA, or market it in some other way such as through a farmer’s market, roadside stands, or to local restaurants – and/or given to families in need.

The main advantages of this model are that it contributes to local, sustainable models of food production, it creates and strengthens community cooperation, and it utilises valuable resources within the urban/suburban environment.