Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a production and marketing model whereby customers buy shares of a farm's harvest in advance. ... In return for their membership fee, customers receive a variety of freshly picked vegetables every other week.
Joining a CSA is about a relationship between people and their farmers. We commit to growing the best food we can using practices that are healthy for people, livestock and the land. We use no pesticides or herbicides in our gardens and practice a no-till method of farming.
CSA members benefit in many ways:
· Receive a diversity of farm-fresh, nutrient-dense, delicious produce – you can taste the difference.
· Know where your food comes from and how it is grown. Come visit and meet your farmers!
· Reduce the distance travelled by your food, and the associated environmental impacts.
· Protect the long-term health of the land, water and wildlife by supporting sustainable, organic, regenerative practices.
· Your dollars stay in the community and support the local economy.
· Increased food security in our region.
· In the CSA model, members are investing in a share of the farm’s harvest for the season. By paying the fee up front, you provide cash flow to cover farm input costs that occur well in advance of delivering produce, such as compost, seeds, tools, utilities, insurance.. Paying your fee up front also reduces our administrative workload in the busy harvest season, so we can focus on growing and delivering great produce to you.
This might be the most common of the frequently asked questions about CSA. We tell our customers that, since the veggies are a perishable item, there is no way to ‘store’ them while they are on vacation. We usually suggest to people that they have a friend, neighbour or family member pick up the share for them, and make use of the veggies. We can halt deliveries for the duration of the vacation, but most people choose the first option.
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