[dropcap]C[/dropcap]ommunity Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is a mutually beneficial relationship between grower and consumer, in which consumers provide a financial commitment (moral support), in exchange for the farmer supplying vegetables over an agreed time period or growing season. The farmer receives payment at the beginning of the season, allowing for upfront costs (seed, machinery, supplies) being met, and a clear idea of how much food needs to be grown to satisfy consumers.
CSA’s help with a community’s food security by supporting the people growing food in the local “food shed”. Goals include sustainable agriculture, along with supporting the local economy, by keeping money at home instead of boosting profits for some foreign head office.
Linnaea Farm’s wholesome and nutrient dense food shared within a CSA model, fosters consumers’ connection to the land where their food is growing:
• Insuring the environment is protected from harmful and wasteful methods of production
• Encouraging a deep and ecologically whole education in the community, regarding what it takes to produce food
• Gives real context to terms like food security and sustainability.
Not just a consumer when you join a CSA, you become a shareholder!
• You purchase a share of the season’s harvest in advance and give financial support by taking the risk of the season’s outcome with the farmer and insuring a stable income for the farm.
• The farm promises to provide the shareholder with a bag of produce weekly, full of seasonal abundance for the duration of a harvest season.
• Usually, bags overflow with lavishness and in lean times you’re insuring that your local farmer keeps on growing food and builds resilience to changing climate patterns and grows more skilled as a producer.
• CSA farms offer high quality produce at competitive prices by eliminating the need for distributors, wholesalers and retailers and delivering the food directly.
[title heading=”3″]The Distribution[/title]
Produce for our CSA is harvested on the morning it gets picked up by the shareholder. Vegetables are harvested, washed and sorted, and then placed into the brown bag delivered to our CSA pick up stand.
We try our best to pick what is needed for that day so little to no food is wasted. We have three different days for pick up in our main parking lot and tell shareholders their bag is in the shade of our pick-up stand for 9:00 a.m. on their assigned morning.