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The Food and Farming Transition

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{Nature_and_Environment.104.5}: ... {wren1111} Sat, 15 Nov 2008 17:40:53 CST (HTML)

Local Harvest "http://www.localharvest.org/csa/"

CSA's (Community Supported Agriculture) are local farm co-ops or subscriptions ... you pay a yearly or quarterly fee in exchange for a share of the agriculture products produced in your area. You can narrow it down to say, dairy and vegetables, or whatever.

Many farms offer produce subscriptions, where buyers receive a weekly or monthly basket of produce, flowers, fruits, eggs, milk, meats, or any sort of different farm products.

A CSA, (for Community Supported Agriculture) is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce. By making a financial commitment to a farm, people become "members" (or "shareholders," or "subscribers") of the CSA. Most CSA farmers prefer that members pay for the season up-front, but some farmers will accept weekly or monthly payments. Some CSAs also require that members work a small number of hours on the farm during the growing season.

A CSA season typically runs from late spring through early fall. The number of CSAs in the United States was estimated at 50 in 1990, and has since grown to over 2000.

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