The community-supported agriculture (CSA) model is a commitment to one farm and its success. Individual CSA members buy a share of a farm’s annual harvest and in doing so, they take on not only the rewards of farming, but also the risks. Purchasing a share helps cover a farm's yearly operating expenses and connects us to the bounty of healthful, fresh, local food. Each grower offers a different package depending on the farm's length of season, items offered, cost and drop-off locations.
Check out the video filmed by Chris Bohnhoff at Seward Co-op's 2013 CSA Fair.
CSAs allow folks committed to the local food economy an opportunity to connect, on a deeper level than purchasing from a retail store, and even differently than at a farmer's market. The idea of shared risk is part of what creates a sense of community among CSA members, and between members and the farmers. If a hailstorm takes out all the peppers, everyone is disappointed together, and together cheer on the winter squash and broccoli.
Click here for a list frequently asked questions about community-supported agriculture.
A great resource, from the Land Stewardship Project, is a directory of CSA farms in the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota and western Wisconsin regions.
Each year, we invite area farmers to a CSA Fair held at the co-op. The event allows consumers to learn about different CSA programs and select a share that best meets their needs.