What’s a CSA?
CSA stands for “community supported agriculture.” A CSA is an alternative, locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution where a group of community members get together to support a local farm, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production.
In plain language, this means that a bunch of community members come together to buy produce from a particular farm –in our case, Windflower Farms, a family-owned organic farm in upstate New York. We pay Farmer Ted at the beginning of the growing season so he has the upfront resources he needs to get the season going. Then, for the whole season, from June to November, all CSA members get a share of what he grows. As investors in the farm, we share the risk of what the season will bring, so in a great year, members will get more, and in a lean year, members get less.
How it works:
Members join the CSA in early spring, signing up for either a full share or half share of vegetables, as well as optional fruit, egg, and flower shares. The team at Windflower Farms delivers everything once a week to our distribution site: Fountain Studios, located at Grand Ave. and Bergen St. in Crown Heights. Members pick up their shares during our distribution hours on Tuesday evenings.
To keep things running smoothly, a core group of community volunteers handle the logistics of signups, communications, and distribution. All CSA members volunteer at the distribution once or twice during the season, depending on whether they have a full share or a half share.