What is Community Supported Agriculture?

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Many of you may have encountered this term before, but are still unsure what the true meaning of Community Supported Agriculture really is. In this article I hope to demystify this term as well as encourage all of you to join a local CSA.

CSA is a system of marketing farm produce that directly ties local producers with consumers, eliminating the middlemen. By doing so, costs are not only reduced to the consumer, but the risk of farming is also greatly reduced. This deep producer-consumer tie allows for unprecedented cooperation in meeting the actual needs and desires of members. Under this scheme farmers produce food for people, not stores, and all involved benefit.

CSA often works by asking consumers to make a pledge to a local farm to buy thier produce, usually through a seasonal membership.

By becoming a member of a CSA you are helping to preserve farm traditions that may otherwise be lost due to the corporatization of the farm industry. CSA not only allows for the production of wholesome food to occur, but is also at the center of the reformation of local communities.


For more information on this subject refer to:

http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/pubs/csa/csa.shtml


Live in the Utica/Rome area in New York? Learn more about a newly formed CSA in your area here:

http://www.localharvest.org/miereks-sunny-brook-farm-and-garden-share-M41130


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Locally grown food is the right thing to buy, and this is getting pretty big in Sweden where I live. I think it feels good to buy food from someone you know. It is completely insane with long distance transportation of food. Great hub!

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