What is CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is based on establishing a partnership between citizens and local farms that practice sustainable agriculture. Mutual engagement and exchange is the essence of CSA: the farm nourishes the people and in return people support the farm by sharing in its potential risks and benefits. Generally, the consumer’s engagement is put in place by its upfront payment and commitment for the entire season. In this effort, consumers become « sharers » of a farm.
How it works
Members buy a share of the produce at the beginning of the year and receive a box of food every week through the season (15 to 20 weeks). Boxes can be picked up at a designated pickup point or at the farmer’s market.
Members can share the risks and rewards of farming and gain a better understanding of the real cost of their food, while knowing that they are investing in their local economy, culture, and food security. CSA also lets the growers focus on healthy, bountiful crops during the season as opposed to concentrating on mass production which reduces the quality of food.
To help the local economy.
When you buy homegrown produce, you’re re-establishing a time-honored connection between the consumer and the grower, strengthening your tie to the community and the land. Buying local food also keeps your dollars circulating in NB.
To enrich environment and wildlife.
A well-managed family farm is a place where the resources of fertile soil and clean water are valued. Good stewards of the land grow cover crops to prevent erosion and replace nutrients used by their crops. Additionally, the habitat of a farm is the perfect environment for many beloved species of wildlife.
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