CSA farms – A Positive Step Now

As world economic and agricultural news continues to paint a dark prospect for the years ahead, this Autumn many households are taking active steps to join or to create a CSA farm (Community Supported Agriculture.

In my view, they are wise in their immediate, common-sense response to impending matters of fuel, food, and money.

CSA was initiated in 1986 in the USA. Farms on this general model have taken root in communities around our world. By now there is a wide array of variations and models of CSA, from neighborhood scale, to city, to suburb, to church, to corporation. The continue to hold great promise.

CSA farms provide a proven way for people to be directly involved in the healing of the environment, in the production of clean food for their families and neighbors, and also in providing dignified work for men and women. CSAs also offer economic solutions.

While CSAs confront a host of challenges and questions, they do work: they feed people, they save energy and money, they take care of the land, they make it possible for people to farm the land on a sensible scale, and they bring networks of independent households back into direct connection with each other and the Earth.

CSA is a social and economic arrangement between local households and farmers who work together to share the responsibility of producing and delivering fresh food. Households support the farm by paying an annual fee that entitles them to a share of the season’s harvest. Once harvesting begins, members pick-up a weekly box of fresh foods which may include produce, fruits, cheeses, eggs, meats, poultry, flowers, herbs or preserves. Pick-up sites are often located at a member’s house or at the farm, in a church hall .

USDA web pages & links on CSA

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