Community Supported Agriculture.

Community Supported Agriculture.

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture Community Supported Agriculture implies that a community a food community a community is centered around their food is supporting the source of that food so it really is a food centric community not merely in terms of purchase but in terms of involvement so there are many different realities that are called CSA there are a very diverse variety of models of how CSA works but I the fundamental premise is that the farmer the person who actually grows the food has a direct relationship with the people who eat the food for one of each every CSA is different you got this guy's got ground that's great for growing spinach and lettuce and greens and that's what he puts in and that's what his crowd of members really want so that's what he grows and he works out his rotation I would say that the product that he's producing is far superior both in freshness quality and diversity to what you can buy in a store at the very best if and there have been times when I have sold material to stores directly I walk into a store I show the shopkeeper my where's my stuff I say here's my produce he says oh this looks great we negotiate a price I sell him a box the the 20 or 30 people who purchased that product the day that I have brought it there are getting something that's equivalent to what the CSA members are getting then that produce man puts all of his vegetables in a refrigerator overnight that ends the similarity just considering time as a factor food from the CSA at least the way that we do it is is far superior in terms of freshness the other aspect about a CSA I think is that the farmer is screening their material before it gets directly to the membership and the decisions are not strictly based on ship ability and cosmetics sometimes the things that I bring into market don't look good and I say market but I mean to distribution to the CSA sometimes they don't look good but I bring them because they happen to be superior and quality of taste they happen to be unusual or that they're at the perfect stage of ripeness I may hold something for a few days or a week longer to make sure that it is at a better stage of ripeness so that my membership has an opportunity eat something that's really right I'm not worried so much about chip ability although that's definitely a concern it still has to get to distribution I'm more worried about nutrition and flavor so I'm harvesting for that as long as I always harvest for freshness and nutrition as my two overarching criteria to determine harvest dates on on items it will always be superior to what you get in a store because what you get in a store whether you're an organic farmer or not has to be harvested with ship ability and store ability as two of the overriding criteria so so direct direct sales direct producer to consumer you know and and in consumer I don't mean just somebody who buys it I mean the person who consumes it the guy who eats it yeah direct producer to consumer is the shortest link between my field and your body in terms of nutrition and health and and I think that it is very justifiably arguable I think it's incontrovertible that the first step to health is good eating and I think the good eating also demands that the concept of good eating demands that you eat things that are good you don't just eat well you know what I mean so that's that's part of it but what it really is is it's a foundation for for true sustainability in agriculture it really is

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4 thoughts on “Community Supported Agriculture.

  1. @wafflemantv Its not so much a barter system (though for certain subscribers it is). It is based on the exchange of money primarily so the farmer can plan and purchase seed/equipment in the off-season and have the security to start what is normally a pretty risky venture.

  2. Most CSA subscriptions are quite expensive. Most who are in extreme poverty also do not have access to land to grow their own food either. Programs that provided land and taught the poor how to grow their own food are better bets (ex. community gardens).

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