Idea from http://patrickwhitefield.co.uk/a-community-forest-garden/
, commonly referred to as a CSA model
, is a system that connects the producer and consumers within the food system
more closely by allowing the consumer to subscribe to the harvest of a certain farm or group of farms. It is an alternative socioeconomic model of agriculture
and food distribution that allows the producer and consumer to share the risks of farming.
The model is a subcategory of civic agriculture
that has an over arching goal of strengthening a sense of community
through local markets.
In return for subscribing to a harvest, subscribers receive either a weekly or bi-weekly box of produce or other farm goods. This includes in-season fruits and vegetables and can expand to dried goods, eggs, milk, meat, etc. Typically, farmers try to caress a relationship with subscribers by sending weekly letters of what is happening on the farm, inviting them for harvest, or holding an open-farm event. Some CSAs provide for contributions of labor in lieu of a portion of subscription costs.