Thinking about signing up for a CSA but want to learn more about the idea before you commit? Read on.
For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.
Here are the basics: We offer a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables and a dozen fresh eggs, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
This arrangement creates several rewards for both the us, the farmer and you, the consumer. In brief:
Advantages for farmers:
- Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
- Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food we grow
Advantages for consumers:
- Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
- Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
- Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
- Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
- Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown
It’s a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Tens of thousands of families have joined CSAs, and in some areas of the country there is more demand than there are CSA farms to fill it.
By joining a CSA (purchasing a share), members enter into a partnership with the farm, and they share in the bounty and risk of each season. Genesa Garden CSA members can feel confident that they are supporting their local economy, voting for the importance of local food and becoming a part of a very heart-felt community of people.
At Genesa Garden, we practice Sustainable Agriculture, which is a foundational principle for working with the land and raising plants and animals as a whole system in a healthy and natural way.
Beyond USDA Organic Standards:
- No chemical fertilizers
- No chemical pesticides
- No chemical herbicides
- No added hormones
- No antibiotics
Our approach and practices ensure that we are:
- Increasing biodiversity
- Increasing the effectiveness of the water that falls on our land
- Ensuring that minerals present in our soil are cycling into our ecosystem efficiently
- Building soil and ecosystem health