Hi folks! The national CSA Day is coming upon us, this Friday, February 24th. If you haven’t done so already, this is a great week to sign up for this year’s CSA season. Check out this great letter from Simon Huntley of Small Farm Central on the reasons to join a CSA. We couldn’t agree more!
Why You Should Consider Joining a CSA Farm this Season
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a personal relationship between a farmer and eater. You join the farm as a member and you get a box of food from the farm throughout the growing season. The CSA charter describes this relationship well.
As our culture and economy becomes more homogenized and centralized, CSA is the opposite. It is about a personal relationship between a farmer and the CSA members. It is an intimate connection between local farmland and your dinner table.
You get the freshest possible ingredients from a farmer that you know and the farm gets advance knowledge of demand so we can focus on growing healthy food and getting the food to you.
In a world of intractable problems – take your pick: political and economic instability, nuclear weapons, global warming, and on and on – joining a CSA is a positive act that you can take today that has profound impacts on your health, your local economy, and the environment.
CSA farmers spend money with other local businesses which circulates money in our local economies. CSA farmers take care of their land. CSA farmers treat their employees well. You know all this because you can go visit your CSA farmer and see for yourself. CSA keeps small scale, local farms in business so they can continue producing food for you.
To be frank, joining a CSA is not the easiest path to eating healthy. You can continue to shop at the grocery store and maybe visit the farmers market a few times throughout the season. However, joining a CSA puts you in partnership with a local farmer. A CSA membership enriches your life with high quality food as you spend your food dollars in a way that you will feel good about.
The investment you make in your CSA farm is modest. The average CSA share costs $25/week during the season, so that is $100/month. (Admin note: The UK CSA share costs about $30/week for faculty and staff to remain competitive.) That’s probably less than your cable bill and less than your cell phone bill — for food grown with care in local soil and delivered directly to your neighborhood! There usually is some up-front investment, though most farms will offer payment plans (if not, ask your farmer for a payment plan if you need it!). (Admin note: You can pay up front, which is encouraged, OR we have a 4 installment plan.)
Thank you for supporting local farms and making the commitment to a CSA share. Your support makes all the difference and keeps our farms running.
If there is something that is preventing you from joining your CSA farm, you should let your farmer know so they can improve their program in the future!
Find a CSA farm in our CSA Day Directory at http://csaday.info.
Founder, Small Farm Central
If that got you all fired up about joining a CSA this season, you can sign up right here for the 2017 UK CSA season. We can’t wait to have you join our team!