Registration is open for the 2021 CSA season. New this year – maple shares! For more details about what’s in a share, pics of past weekly shares, share plans and payment options, please see our Join/2021 Season page. And as always, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Registration ends on May 22nd, so don’t wait!
Community Supported Agriculture: Local, sustainable, mutual.
From it’s inception, the CSA model has been a key component of what is now often referred to as the solidarity economy. In the late 1960’s, agriculturalist Booker T Whatley devised a model for how small family farms could prosper using diversified “pick your own” and “clientele membership club” models of business. It was a new move back to the old ways that Whatley hoped would help small Black family farms survive despite the ongoing pressures of systemic racism and the corporate monocultural model. Without Mr Whatley there would be no CSAs and no regenerative agriculture. We are forever in his debt.
At it’s core, the CSA is a reciprocal relationship: you get delicious organic produce straight from the farm all summer, our farmers have a vested community supporting their business through good and bad weather, our collective carbon footprint is reduced, and the Earth is left in better shape for the next generation. Everybody wins, except Monsanto.
We have a few spots left for this upcoming CSA season, and we grow our community best by word of mouth. If you have neighbors, fellow parents, gym buddies, or casual acquaintances at your local bar or coffee shop, now is a great time to let them know about your CSA and help them get on board. You can even let your friends– no matter where they live– learn about CSAs and find one in their own area.
Shopping at Whole Foods only pads Jeff Bezos’ pocket. By contrast, participating in a CSA makes all our lives richer. It is a step in building a just society and a healthy planet. Let’s get to work.