Community Supported Agriculture-Local Food
Ultra-fresh food that supports a local, green economy.
Community supported agriculture dates back to the 1960’s where it gained popularity in Europe and Japan. The idea spread to the United States in the mid 1980’s and has gained in popularity over the years. CSA’s, as they are commonly referred to, are a partnership between buyers and local farmers and help to create a local food infrastructure. The exact details vary, but typically a farmer or representative for many farms draws up a comprehensive budget and then divides by the number of people the farm can support, which determines the cost of each share of the harvest. Often, one share provides weekly produce needs for a family of four. Community members then buy into the program with a lump sum or pay installments, and then receive produce for that season. There are many benefits to communities that are engaged in CSA’s including very fresh and healthy produce as well as strengthening the local economy.
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