Food With The Farmer's Face
Community Supported Agriculture or CSA is a system in which a farm operation is supported by shareholders within the community who share both the benefits and risks of food production. Most CSAs grow fruits and vegetables and some also produce eggs, flowers, honey, poultry and other meats and dairy.
Farmers earn capital prior to the crop being harvested by selling shares to their customers, thereby guaranteeing a market for their products. CSA customers enjoy overall lower food costs, field-fresh produce, and greater access to a variety of fruits and vegetables. Most CSAs require an annual or quarterly buy-in and provide weekly deliveries or pick-ups, but some well-established programs offer monthly or even weekly "memberships." Many CSAs also offer farm visits, u-pick days, and other special events for members.
Denison Farm, located in Schaghticoke NY explains why CSA? “The problems with our industrialized food system are many. From pesticide residues in our food, soil, and water, to the shrinking number of family farms, there are many reasons to look at alternative food systems such as CSA. The CSA concept first took hold in Japan, where it was called “food with the farmer’s face,” emphasizing that food does not have to be a generic commodity transported many miles and produced under factory-like conditions. From our perspective as farmers, CSA succeeds because it allows us to focus on our passion for working with the land to produce the most wholesome, life-giving, best tasting food possible, while building a strong bond with the members we are feeding.”
For more information about Community Supported Agriculture or to find a CSA farm, visit Harvest Connection at www.harvestconnection-ny.com.