What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
CSA is a partnership between farmers and consumers through which consumers pay an upfront subscription to a farm, translating to a share in the produce of the farm, provided on a regular basis. Fundamental to CSA is the notion of shared risk – farming is an unconscionably risky business, and CSA is a method whereby consumers take on some of that risk from farmers. Upfront subscription eases cashflow requirements, while providing a guaranteed market and price for produce grown by the farmer. For subscribers, CSA provides fresh, local and seasonal produce, a greater connection to the land and the source of their produce, and an opportunity to participate in a community with positive values.