What is Community Supported Agriculture?
What is a CSA?
A CSA (or Community Supported Agriculture) offers fresh produce to community members from local farms for a weekly or monthly rate agreed upon by both the farmer and the customer. This provides a farm-to-table food system providing sustainable income for the farmer and sustainable produce (or other items) for the community member. This is one of the simplest most sustainable business models for farmers and customers alike.
How does it work?
The scope of a CSA program is usually agreed upon between the farmer and the community member based on the needs of both parties. A CSA for a family of four, for example, usually costs the family $25-35 per week for ALL of their fresh produce needs. A student rated CSA program will usually cost about $10 per share (weekly). Since the products are being harvested the week of delivery (or pick up in some circumstances), the customer is exposed to seasonal products and shares both the feasts and famines experienced on the farm.
What does this mean for Linfield Students?
If you are interested in exploring a CSA or an internship opportunity with a farm in the community please explore one of the local farms highlighted on this website or check out localharvest.com for additional listings. The farms provided on this site have a history with Linfield and are interested in engaging with students. Please feel free to use the contact information below to inquire about CSA and internship opportunities.
Local Farms and Community Supported Agriculture Programs (CSA)
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