Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) What is a C.S.A. Farm? C.S.A. allows local residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you're purchasing a “share” of produce from a regional farmer.
Here are the basics of how a C.S.A. works:
1. A farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included.
2. 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 farmer and the consumer.
Advantages for farmers:
It's a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Tens of thousands of families have joined C.S.A.'s, and in some areas of the country there is more demand than there are C.S.A. farms to fill it. How do I become a member? Roots in Bloom Farm is currently offering C.S.A. memberships.