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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Last updated: August 7, 2018

What Does Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Mean?

Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a form of subscription farm where the consumer has a closer connection to their food and the gardener.

Most community supported agriculture (CSA) farms specialize in organic produce, but there are some that do offer raw cow’s milk, goat's milk, or eggs. Some CSA farms even offer organic meat such as beef, chicken, or pork. But the advantage of community supported agriculture remains the same: fresh, healthy farm goods offered directly from the farmer.

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Maximum Yield Explains Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

CSA farms operate in a number of different formats, but the concept is the same. Some CSAs offer a subscription only, meaning that either once a week or once a month, available farm products are delivered to the subscribers.

In CSA farms that offer dairy or meat, a subscriber can sometimes become an investor in the livestock for a share of the milk, meat, or eggs.

CSA operates in a number of different formats. There are those that are strictly subscription based, where a box of available produce is delivered for a designated fee, or they can be more interactive by involving the subscriber in the farming process.

With this form of CSA, subscribers receive a reduced rate for farm participation in the form of volunteer work. Through this form, a subscriber is able to participate and be hands-on during the growing or farming practice.

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