Community Supported Agriculture
“CSA” is a mutually beneficial arrangement between community members and a local farmer in which the farmer provides produce and other farm products during the growing season in exchange for payment before the season begins.
Each week of the growing season, the farmer harvests the mature crops and divides the produce into “shares,” typically one for each member of the CSA operation. In most CSAs, the produce supplied in the weekly share boxes is the same for each member. In some CSAs, members can select the crops they want each week from a list of mature crops that are ready to harvest.
Farmers deliver the shares to pre-arranged locations for members to pick up, or members pick up their shares directly from the farm. Since CSA members pay at the beginning of the season, they share with the farmer the benefits and risks of farming that result from yearly variations in the weather.
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