What is CSA?
Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a socio-economic model of agriculture and food distribution. In Canada it’s sometimes referred to as Community Shared Agriculture, but all the CSA farmers I know, including us, generally use Community Supported Agriculture – it just seems to roll off the tongue easier.
A CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farming operation where the growers and consumers share the risks and benefits of food production. CSAs usually consist of a system of weekly delivery or pick-up of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme, and sometimes includes dairy products and meat.
A quick way to think of it is like a magazine subscription, but for food. You pay once (or a few times, on a payment plan) at the beginning of the year (when the farmer has most of their expenses such as seeds), and then you get your veggies (i.e. your magazines) throughout the season.