CSA - Community Supported Agriculture
In general, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) consists of a
community of individuals or families who pledge support to a farm, with
the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing both
the risks and rewards of the farm.
Typically, members or "shareholders" of the farm pledge in advance to
cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer's salary. In
return, they receive shares in the farm's bounty throughout the growing
season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and
participating directly in food production.
It is hard to provide a firm definition of CSA, as there
are now thousands of CSAs across the country and
all have adopted their own unique version of how a
You can find many articles about, and examles of,
CSA operations on the internet. It is a fascinating
phenomena connecting people more directly to their
farmers and has given opportunity for many young
people to begin careers in farming that previously
seemed out of reach.
Here is a general description of CSA found on
CSA locations in the U.S.