How does Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) work, and what is it? The details vary as greatly as there are different types of farms and farmers. Most of what we read about CSA farms is from up north where the season is short and specific. The challenges are different in the South which has longer and more defined seasons. In the South, spring is spring and summer is summer with months in-between fall and winter. Beets and lettuce will not be available at the same time as tomatoes and water melon. It is up to the farmers to explain the seasonal availability to their CSA Members.
- Ask your business, church or community center to host a drop-site (help them understand how this can be a valuable community outreach program).
- Find at least 30 families or individuals interested in participating in a CSA Program.
- Schedule a meeting for the farmer to come out and explain the program to everybody, or plan a farm tour.
- Members pre-pay online to secure the farmer’s work for the season.
- Get organized, hopefully with a designated Coordinator to work out the details.
- Get ready for good food! When the season begins, you will experience a fresh difference, enjoying food like it was meant to be.