CSA: Short for Community Supported Agriculture is a system whereby weekly boxes of fresh, often organic, seasonal, local fruits and vegetables are delivered from a community of local farmers straight to the consumer. A CSA connects consumers with the people who grow their food while strengthening local food systems.
Buying a CSA membership means entering into partnership with a local farmer. The member buys a subscription at the beginning of the season. This cash infusion allows the farmer to pay for seed, water, equipment and labor in the early season when farm expenses are high and farm income is low. In return the farm provides its members with a box of fresh picked seasonal produce each week.
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