What is CSA?
CSA is not a marketing model or a business scheme, it is a
way of life. Community Supported Agriculture has become a nationwide movement that brings small farmers and consumers closer together.
The CSA concept is often credited to farm models established in Japan and Europe during the 1980s, but as Natasha Bowens has noted in an article published by Mother Earth News, there is an overlooked story rooted in Black history: that of Dr. Booker T. Whatley, a sustainable agriculture pioneer and professor at Tuskegee University, who was developing what we now call CSA
as early as the 1960s and 1970s.
As a CSA member, the relationship to your farmers and CSA community cannot be understated. There are many ways to get food; choosing to join a CSA means a commitment to eating seasonally and locally-grown food, as well as investing in small family farms.
A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is a
two-way relationship created by the purchase of a “share” in the annual harvest of our farmers. Our farmers provide fresh organic produce throughout the summer growing season. In turn you, the CSA members, make a financial commitment to the farms in the spring, and share in the harvest through the summer into early autumn. This creates a market for our local organic farmers, and provides CSA members a source of fresh, locally grown organic produce. Partnering together, farmers and members share the risks and rewards of each year’s harvest.
Visit LocalHarvest.org for more CSA information and resources: