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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an innovative direct marketing method which seeks to make our agricultural land management and food distribution systems more sustainable.

Philosophy

CSA moves food production from the global to the local, and restricts the use of pesticides, chemicals and fossil fuels, enabling the development of a sustainable network of local food production.

The focus is on fresh, local, environmentally sound food. Furthermore, the CSA local production/distribution model generates closer ties between farmer and consumer, building stronger communities with social, economic and environmental resilience.

Practicality

A CSA is a partnership between anyone who cultivates food (generally a grower or growers) and a dedicated network of supporters/subscribers who commit to receiving a regular box of produce, generally vegetables.

Some CSAs have add-on options to the basic vegetable basket, which can include fruit, dairy, eggs, meat, honey and/or flowers.

Payment is made in advance where possible to enable more security in forecasting growers' financial budgeting needs. Consumers, or subscribers of CSA farms, not only support the farm financially but can perform other roles, such as publishing a newsletter, helping to recruit new members and so on, thereby assuming some of the costs and risks along with their grower(s).

Sharing the risk

The concept of sharing the risk is at the heart of the CSA philosophy. Subscribers receive an abundance of produce in times of plenty, and a more restricted supply during winter or difficult seasons.

Although most CSAs try to regulate quantity and variety of produce, there is the expectation that subscribers are happy to enjoy seasonal output from the farm(s). Difficulties in adjusting to 'seasonal' eating are usually smoothed by supplying information through a newsletter, and providing recipes and suggestions about how to use the produce.retainingourlandpic

Retaining our land

CSA has a history of trying to protect prime agricultural farmland from development, retaining it for continuous future use for food production.

In some cases, subscribers have raised capital to buy land that may have otherwise been sold. At other times, subscribers have provided loans when growers were unable to access conventional bank loans.