We would like to take this time to ask our customers and hopefully future customers if they would be interested in a program called Community Supported Agriculture or CSA. This program is a way for you as a customer to get fresh locally grown produce every week at greatly discounted prices. You can find more information about CSA programs at Kentucky Dept of Ag. http://www.kyagr.com/marketing/CSA.html .
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. This idea is relatively new to the US and came about in the 1980′s. The concept of a CSA is that members of the “community” commit their support to the farmer for the duration of the growing season and in return, the farmer provides those members of the community with the products grown to the best of his/her ability.
Members will pay a certain amount up front, and will then receive a weekly basket/share containing a variety of produce. Members should understand that the growing season in Kentucky is ever changing; therefore, the products may change weekly as well. By becoming a CSA member, the customer will be reaping the benefits of the growing season, but will also have risk, as the farmer does, due to weather and any other obstacles that may occur. The CSA allows people to feel a real connection to their local farmers and the land they operate on. Therefore, CSA members will be receiving healthy, fresh, and local farm products weekly, while also knowing the people and the farm they are supporting.
Local Harvest is also a great place to learn about CSA http://www.localharvest.org/csa/
Are You a Good Candidate for our CSA?
Reasons NOT to join a CSA
So what do you get?
Baskets will vary week to week with produce that is in season at the time. But you will always have few staples like tomatoes , peppers, squash , etc. We will update member of up coming items on facebook .
Defining Community Supported Agriculture by The USDA
In basic terms, CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community's farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Typically, members or "share-holders" of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer's salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm's bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production. Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavourable weather or pests. By direct sales to community members, who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance, growers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing.
Credit: Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture https://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/community-supported-agriculture
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