Community Supported Agriculture

What Is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?

A CSA is a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation in exchange for a share in crop harvests. The growers and consumers provide mutual support and share the risks and benefits of food production.

CSA members agree to directly support the local grower(s) through up-front (often monetary) contributions; in return, the growers try to provide the quantity and quality of food to meet the consumers’ needs and expectations.

The idea of “shared risk” distinguishes CSAs from simple subscription farming. In subscription farming, the grower owes the consumer any produce paid for. In CSAs, growers and members share the potential risk of crop failures or reduced harvests—even if it means the consumer gets less or none of the produce he paid for.

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