In community supported agriculture (CSA), farmers grow food for a predetermined group of consumers who pay an annual fee to purchase their share of the harvest. It is a relationship of shared bounty and shared risks.
This movement is a popular one, and at present there are over one thousand successful CSAs across North America. Through the CSA movement, people are reclaiming a connection to the production of food. It allows farmers to be supported locally and for people to eat food grown in their own area, not shipped from across the continent.
CSA members have access to a healthy alternative, one that allows them to eat what is fresh and in season. Eating in season, means that you are getting the most nutritional value, the kind our bodies need, appropriate to the seasons. And, very importantly, the consumer has personal contact with the grower of their produce and a connection to the land that feeds them.
Our added interpretation of CSA incorporates the idea of limited growth in the quantity of CSA shares. We believe our CSA should never expand beyond 150 members so that we can commit our services to each member personally, remembering their names and faces.
This allows us to be transparent and focus on the quality of experience for each and every member. It also leaves room for a new generation of farmers to start their own CSAs in the region. We believe that many small farms creates a more secure food system.