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CSA

What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) consists of a cooperative agreement between farmers and members with the latter paying a seasonal fee to the former in exchange for fresh produce, and other farm products, on a weekly basis (Lang 2010). CSA is predicated on local food production and consumption with an emphasis on organic and environmentally friendly practices, while sharing risks between producers and consumers (DeLind 1999; Dyck 1997; O’Hara and Stagl 2001; Tegtmeier and Duffy 2005).

Originally CSAs were designed to build community proximate to the farm with members collecting their goods on site, fostering community between the farmer and members. More recently CSAs have extended their reach to suburban and urban areas ensuring residents have access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers (Pole 2013).


How do CSAs work?
CSA members purchase a "share" from a regional farmer paying for an entire season of produce up front. This bulk payment enables the farmer to plan for the season, purchase new seed, make equipment repairs, and more. Additionally, members are required to volunteer for shifts during each season to assist in the smooth operation of the CSA.

On a weekly or bi-weekly basis between June and October/November the farmer delivers produce to a convenient drop off location in your neighborhood. A "share" typically include 7-10 types of vegetables for households with 2-3 individuals. Some CSAs also offer other produce from local farms such as fruit, eggs, meat, and even flowers for an additional fee.

Locally CSAs are organized by a core group of members on a volunteer basis. This rotating core group administer and manages the CSA. These task might include signing up new members, processing subscription fees, running the distribution site, coordinating member volunteers, and planning community-building or educational events. This frees the farmers to focus on growing and delivering the vegetables.
 
Want to learn more about CSAs? Check out Just Food.

Summer CSA + invitation to potluck May 9th!April 17th, 2017

Dear Washington Square CSA members past and future, We invite you to join us at a CSA event at St Mark's Church on the Bowery! We hope to see you on Tuesday, May 9th, as we wrap up the winter se

WSCSA pick-up tomorrow, 4/18 + invitation to end of year potluck!April 17th, 2017

      WHAT'S COMING Here's what we're looking forward to tomorrow: mixed potatoes yellow onions spring onions leeks spinach carrots parsnips mixed beets turnips rutabagas mixed va

CSA: next early bird discount deadline is March 20!March 14th, 2017

Dear Washington Square CSA-ers, This absurdly snowy(ish?) day seems a good time to turn our thoughts to sun-soaked fields of ripening CSA veggies. So, let this serve as your friendly reminder to join