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
We source all our veggie shares from the Genesa Garden Geodesic Dome greenhouses and outdoor garden.
Before joining our CSA, we ask that our members read and commit to the following statements. This is the Farm Policy, and it is what keeps our CSA running smoothly, both for our members and the farm team.
- I understand that I am committing to this share’s growing and production season at Genesa Garden and will respect the parameters of being a CSA shareholder.
- I understand that the farmers and producers will do their best to provide a season’s worth of fresh food goods.
- I understand that I am sharing in the risks and challenges inherent to farming and that quantities and the timing of my share of the harvest may be affected by adverse weather events, predators and wild life for the length of my share.
- I understand that Genesa Garden’s products are produced sustainably, locally, and ethically, and beyond organic. The farm guarantees that my food goods will not be genetically modified, nor will it have been sprayed with chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Because of this, my food goods may contain a bug or two. I will need to wash and inspect my goods before eating.
- I understand that it is my responsibility to pick up my share at the designated time and location.
- I understand that email is the primary method of communication from the farm, and I agree to open and read emails from the farm.
- I understand that the success of the CSA and Genesa Garden depends on my continued commitment to support the farm throughout the delivery season. Because of this, I understand that no refunds will be provided for shares.
Contact us for more information.