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         Community Supported Agriculture

          What is a Community Supported Agricultural Program (CSA)?

Community Supported Agriculture is a partnership of mutual commitment between a farm and a community of supporters which provides a direct link between the production and consumption of food. CSA helps to establish a sense of community and encourages land stewardship. CSA encourages communication and cooperation among farmers as well as supporting the bio-diversity of a given area and the diversity of agriculture through the preservation of small farms producing a wide variety of crops.

A CSA is a mutually beneficial relationship in which a farm supports the community's needs for fresh, nutritious, wholesome food, and community support allows a farmer to devote his/her energies to gentle, conscientious and sustainable farming practices.

Members of a CSA share both the harvests and costs equally with other members and the farmers. The community of members pledges to support the farm with an annual financial commitment. The amount of the commitment is determined by a detailed budget which is created to suit the needs of the community.

Each CSA has a dedicated core group which has been meeting for over a year to bring the project into existence. The core group includes interested community members, the farmer/gardeners, and the owners. Cooperatively they organize and make decisions about distribution, finances, outreach and events.

No farm work is required of the shareholders/members, although they are encouraged to visit the farm, explore the gardens, have picnics, or volunteer as often as they wish. Harvest and volunteer parties will be held when extra hands are needed.

What can I expect to receive as a member?

  • 24-26 weeks of farm produce
  • An open invitation to visit the farm and share in the gardening
  • An opportunity to pick your food up at the farm or at central locations
  • A direct connection to the farm and farmers
  • A fair price based on a well thought-out budget
  • Annual Spring and Fall gatherings
  • Workshops for adults and children
  • Knowledge that your food is grown without harm to the water and soil
  • A newsletter linking you to the farm, complete with recipes, upcoming events, and harvesting information
  • Opportunities to pick your own flowers and vegetables

Here is a suggested typical work schedule for a typical CSA

Month Tasks
August Detailed budget and crop plan completed
September Garden beds prepared, cover crops sown
October Building of greenhouse begins,
begin installing irrigation system,
open house for members, composting
November Continue with greenhouses and irrigation system,
composting, open house for members
December Construction of packing shed, place seed orders
January Purchase remaining necessary tools and materials,
construct trellises
February Sow early seeds in greenhouses
March Sow seeds, care for seedlings and plants
April Sow seeds, care for seedlings and plants
May Begin harvesting and distribution to members
June - August Harvesting  Crop and Planning for the next year

     This chart indicates possible types of crops and quantities
a shareholder/member can expect in a season
Note: these are suggested only and
may vary with each
CSA arrangement

  Full Share Qty. May June Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov
Broccoli 15 lbs.   x


x x
Cabbage
(Red, Green & Savoy)
30 lbs.   x x

x x
Bok Choi 2 lbs.




x
Cauliflower 6 heads    


x x
Sweet Corn 12 dozen    

x

x

x

   
Kohrabi 4 lbs.   x

x x
Beets 10 lbs. x x x
x x x
Radishes 10 bunches x x
x x x
Collards 6 bunches
x


x x
Kale 10 bunches  



x x
Spinach 8 bunches  



x x
Daikon Radish 4

x x x

Swiss Chard 6 bunches
  x x x

Endive 6 heads x



x x
Radicchio 4 heads
x


x
Arugula 8 bunches   x
x x x
Mustard 30 leaves   x


x x
Peas (Snow & Snap) 15 lbs.   x




Lettuce
(head & Leaf)
50   x x x x x x
Parsley 10 bunches x x x



Carrots 10 lbs.
  x x x x
Scallions 12 bunches x x x
x x x
Cucumbers 20 lbs.

x x x

Eggplant 6 lbs.


x x

Okra 2 lbs.

x x


Celery 3 bunches

x x x

Snap beans 5 lbs.

x x


Melons 8

x x x

Peppers, sweet 8 lbs.

x x x

Peppers, hot 1 lb.

x x


Potatoes 150 lb.       x

x

x

 
Pumpkins 15 lbs.



x x
Squash, winter 20 lbs.



x x
Squash, summer 20 lbs.
x x x


Tomatoes 50 lbs.

x x x

Globe Artichoke 2 lbs.


x x

Mixed herbs 25 bunches x x x x x x x
Fresh flowers pick your own x x x x x x x

Full Share Qty. May June Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov


Share prices vary from region to region but are typically
between $200.00 to $400.00 Cdn per share
and could involve more than one farm in a region.

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Web Site References for Community Supported Agriculture

Community Support Agriculture Canada

If you have a CSA and would like to list it here just e-Mail tdc's FarmGate   with a short description of your CSA, the location and an e-mail contact address.

Questions or comments please
e-mail tdc@cybertap.com

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