Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA)
The Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) model is a marketing model whereby local farmers offer unique farm products to buyers who will subscribe to receive a weekly or monthly box of fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers, eggs, meats, cheeses, or any assortment of local farm products. Through the use of CSA’s, customers can develop a caring relationship with a local farm, just by purchasing farm products in advance. Numerous local farmers nationwide and in North Carolina offer this mutually beneficial service. In some cases, multiple farms come together to aggregate their product through multi-farm CSAs.
North Carolina Resources
- Community-Supported Agriculture Resource Guide for Farmers
NC State Extension, Growing Small Farms
- Connecting Farmers with Local Customers through Community Supported Agriculture
- Webb, K. UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, 2012. Summary of benefits of the CSA model to farmers, the environment and the community. Includes an annotated bibliography on CSA research.
- Workplace Community Supported Agriculture: Connecting Local Farms to Local Employers
Report developed by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, 2006.
- Community Supported Agriculture – New Models for Changing Markets, 2017.
USDA report highlighting changes in Community Supported Agriculture business models
- Local Harvest: A Multifarm CSA Handbook, 2010.
Northeast SARE report describing why and how to run a cooperative CSA.