What is a CSA?

So I was born and raised around agriculture. However, it wasn’t until last summer that I had even heard of a CSA. Now what is a CSA and what does CSA stand for?

Well CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA is all about connecting the producer with the consumer. It 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. CSA’s usually consist of a system of weekly delivery or pick-up of vegetables and fruit and sometimes includes dairy products and meat.

CSA’s also tend to focus more on high quality food. A lot of consumers buy CSA’s because they know:
#1. Where their food is being produced
#2. Who is producing their food and
#3. What is being used on their food in order to keep it safe or pesticide free.

In the world we are growing up in today, too many of the items we buy at grocery stores are coming from countries like Mexico. There are so many American farmers that need support and are selling the same thing. It is important that consumers know what they are getting now. When it is coming from another country, who knows how safe the conditions were where the produce was grown. Consumers are now being offered many different farmers’ markets to promote the safe food local farmers are producing.

There is a way for consumers to contribute back to the security of American farmers and food system and simultaneously reap the benefits of a wider selection of vegetables available. If you haven’t already, look in to a CSA program.www.localharvest.org/csa/ This is a great website to help you find farms that provide CSA’s in your area.

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