What is CSA?

CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture”.  Developed in the 1960’s in Japan, CSA programs are designed to build a relationship between the farmer and community.

We’re looking to connect community and growers. So that you know what you’re getting. Labels like organic become irrelevant because you know exactly where your food comes from. Trust is built up, you can communicate with farm and feedback, it’s a membership, a club and a team. Community involvement is critical to the functioning of the farm. Your support through commitment to the season is critical to cash flow.

Below is a video that explains it:

The Community Supported Agriculture network explain it better than me…

This partnership between producer and consumer supports three pillars which represent core values:

Fair Share

A share in the harvest of healthy (mostly organic or biodynamic), local and low carbon produce; a connection with the producer, the land and each other. This includes a commitment to support the farmer through both good and poor harvests.

If Soul Farm have a bumper crop of lettuce, you’ll get a bumper supply of lettuce. If I’m a little short I’ll always make sure you get the value, but you might get less variety of veg.

People Care

A fair and steady income for the producer and a relationship based on trust with the consumers/members. Access to healthy food at affordable prices.

Earth Care

A chance for the land and biodiversity to flourish due to ecological farming methods and shared interest in these methods of production.

The practices:

 

Direct distribution

Members have a relationship with the farm and the production. CSA farms are not food hubs or shops; although they may buy some produce or supplementary items in to bulk up their share. CSA may make up only part of the whole farm enterprise.

Shared risk

Producer and consumer share the risks of production through investment in the farm

Connection to the farm

Members have the opportunity to understand the extraordinary commitment a farmer demonstrates to produce our food, and an opportunity to be connected to the working life of a farm and what’s produced there.

See the full charter here.

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