What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a model of farming that allows people to buy their food directly from a local farmer. A distinguishing feature is that people who wish to buy from a CSA farm make an up-front commitment to the farmer by pre-purchasing food, which helps the farmer secure early season capital.
What is a CSA Share? A CSA Share is the farm’s produce for which a person has made an advance payment. Essentially, the Share is the food someone picks up from their CSA farm each week.
What is a CSA Member? In accepting a person’s up-front commitment to buy a CSA Share, the farmer in turn makes a commitment to them: to provide them with the best quality of food – fresh, nutritious and grown with care. This mutual commitment is the reason why a person who buys a CSA Share is considered to be more than just a customer. They become a part of the farm, which is why they are called Members.