for a season of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Our shares are designed to provide ample produce for an average family. Our season is based on twenty weeks and begins in mid-May. Exact dates are weather and crop dependent. Cost of participation is $550.00 per share. (Payment plans are available upon request). This reflects a $27.50 weekly investment. We estimate our boxes will start out around 5 lbs and grow to over 20 lbs at their peak. Lettuce be your personal farmers!
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
CSA is a relationship of mutual support and commitment between local farmers and community members who pay the farmer an annual membership fee to cover the production costs of the farm. In turn, members receive a weekly share of the harvest during the local growing season. The arrangement guarantees the farmer financial support and enables many small- to moderate-scale organic family farms to remain in business. Ultimately, CSA creates "agriculture-supported communities" where members receive a wide variety of foods harvested at their peak of ripeness, flavor and vitamin and mineral content.
- provides farmers with direct outlets for farm products and ensures fair compensation
- encourages proper land stewardship
- strengthens local economies by keeping food dollars in local communities
- directly links producers with consumers allowing people to have a personal connection with their food and the land on which it was produced
- makes nutritious, affordable, wholesome foods accessible and widely available to community members.
CSA is a relatively recent phenomenon in the United States and Canada. Teikei the CSA equivalent, which literally translated means "partnership" or "cooperation", was first developed in Japan, by a group of women concerned with the use of pesticides, the increase in processed and imported foods and the corresponding decrease in the farm population. The more philosophical translation for teikei is "food with the farmer's face on it." (Van En 1992). In 1965 Japanese women initiated a direct, cooperative relationship in which local farmers were supported by consumers on an annual basis.
In 1984 Jan Vander Tuin brought the concept of CSA to North America from Europe. Jan had co-founded a community-supported agricultural project named Topanimbur, located near Zurich, Switzerland. He introduced the idea to Robyn Van En at Indian Line Farm in S. Egremont, Massachusetts and the CSA concept in North America was born.