A Community Supported Agriculture program establishes a mutual relationship between farmers and eaters that recognizes their interdependence with each other and the land. In today's food system, most people have no idea where their food comes. As Wendell Berry puts it, "We are eating- drawing our lives out of the land- thoughtlessly." When you join a CSA, not only are you putting mindfulness back into your everyday food choices, you become an integral part of the system that puts food on your table, helping to sustain it as it sustains you!
"Food producers+ food consumers+annual commitment to one another= CSA and untold possibilities."
-Robin Van En
When you join our CSA, you pay up-front for a share of the farm's harvest for that year. Your membership gives us sufficient capital early in the growing season, when costs are high and money flow is down, to purchase necessary supplies and materials for the year. In return, we do our very best to provide you with a bountiful weekly share from June-October of delicious, fresh vegetables. As a CSA member, you share in the risks as well as the rewards of the farming season, recognizing that what you receive each week depends on forces within, as well as beyond, our control as farmers. Making sure our CSA members are well-fed and satisfied is our highest priority, as our members are truly an integral part of our farm.
-receive fresh vegetables delivered weekly to a convenient pick-up location
-know where and how their food is grown, who grows it, and have the opportunity to partake in the miracle of growing food
-are provided a strucutre through which they can support a viable local agriculture, preserve local farmland, and contribute to a healthy local economy
-become more aware of their relation to the land, farm life, and processes that make our lives possible
-are given the opportunity to make a viable income by growing food in a responsible and harmonious way, directly supported by the consumer
-have the pleasure of knowing who their product is going to and consequently feel more care, responsibility, and reward in their work
-is preserved from development
-is preserved from harmful farming practices
-is nurtured and cared for by people with a deep connection to it
-benefits by the preservation of open spaces, and the maintenance of an important agricultural component that is rapidly being consumed by development and industry- by preserving this diversity the community becomes a more whole and satisfying place to live.
-is strengthened by the bringing together of people who share healthy concerns about our future
-gets an economic boost when food dollars remain within the community rather than supporting out-of-state corporations.
(From "Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen's Guide to Community Supported Agriculture" by Elizabeth Henderson and Robyn Van E