we demystify Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs). The USDA defines a
CSA as a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm
operation so that the farmland becomes the community's farm, with the
growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks
and benefits of food production. Typically, members or "share-holders"
of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs
of the farm operation and farmer's salary. In return, they receive
shares in the farm's bounty throughout the growing season.
receiving fresh locally grown produce, CSA's provide an opportunity to
connect to land and farmers, participating directly in food production.
They began in Germany and Japan in the 60's, and made their way to
North America in the 80's. But CSAs are not what they once were. The
model has become increasingly important in agriculture, and continues
to evolve, offering different levels of commitment, and crops ranging
from mixed seasonal vegetables to flower shares.
We will take a close look at Community Supported Agriculture, learn about a few different models, and let you know what you should be looking for in a program for you or your family.
For more information about our guests, additional resources on local food and agriculture, or some great recipes, visit www.croptocuisine.org. I'd like to know how you experience your food.