Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between a farmer and community members who commit in advance of the growing season to receiving a share of the farm’s harvest. Every season is different in what crops thrive and that produce abundantly. In this way, farm members share the risks of agriculture alongside the farmer – such as weather, insects, plants diseases, to name a few. The farm is able to better plan knowing who it is growing food for while receiving financial support for doing so at the time of year when farm expenses are high and income at its lowest – typically in the winter.
CSA farm members receive the freshest food available – grown locally, and harvested no more than 24 hours before it is distributed each week. It provides an opportunity to truly eat in sync with the season.
The CSA relationship is much more than an economic exchange of cash for goods – it is a commitment to sustaining access to healthy, locally grown food in the community where it will be enjoyed and eaten. This is fundamental in creating health for people, the farmland, and the environment – the true meaning of sustainability. As a farm shareholder, participating in a community supported agriculture farm, you help insure that land is used as a long-term resource for the community’s food production.
Click HERE for details on the CSA at Many Forks Farm and to access a sign up form.