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What is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)? September 26, 2008

Filed under: Green home,Green living,Health — staceymcl @ 1:23 pm
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If you are a fan of fresh produce and farmers markets, look into supporting a local farm through a CSA (it stands for Community Supported Agriculture). CSA is a unique model of local agriculture that puts the consumer and the farmer into a mutually beneficial relationship. Members pay an annual or seasonal fee to receive a weekly basket of produce from the farm’s harvest directly to their front door, or to a convenient drop-off location.

Many farms offer a variety of subscriptions, where buyers receive a weekly or monthly basket of produce, flowers, fruits, eggs, milk, meats, or any sort of different farm products. There are over 2000 CSAs throughout the country so there is probably one near you – check out local ones at Local Harvest or get more information on the US Department of Agriculture site.

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2 Responses to “What is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?”

  1. […] The best foods are local and organic since organic standards prohibit the use of synthetic fertilizers, toxic pesticides, and antibiotics. Growing and transporting food not only consumes a significant amount of water and energy, but also contributes to air pollution and global warming.  Therefore, buying locally and eating with the seasons promotes many environmentally friendly practices, such as reducing carbon emissions and supporting small farms.   To locate a farmers market near you, check out the local harvest website.  Also consider joining a CSA. […]

  2. I’m leaving this comment on your blog because we share some of the same values of organic, sustainable farming and the support of local family farms. I am trying to get the word out to the public regarding the plight of my friends, Jim and Linette Crosby. Their mint farm, which has been in their family since 1912 and is one of the oldest continually operating mint farms in the country, is scheduled to be foreclosed upon on August 15, 2009…ironically, during the annual St. Johns Mint Festival. To read about the “Battle of Mint Valley,” please visit http://www.peppermintjim.wordpress.com. I am asking for any help you can provide…notifying your readers of their plight, publicizing their website (www.getmint.com) and the National Dram Sale, advertising the Mint Jam ’09 benefit concert…anything at all is much, much, much appreciated! To see the latest news broadcast about the Crosby Mint Farm and it’s current situation, please visit http://www.wlaj.com/news/span-16641-farm-mint.html?referrer=facebook.


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