Community Supported Agriculture is when consumers support a local farm directly. Members of a farm's CSA pay up-front in the spring when farmers need money for seed, supplies and equipment. In return members receive a weekly share in the farm's harvest. It is a place to share recipes with other share members, meet other families and spend time with your own, in the you-pick garden, or at member events. Good Work Farm is honored to be going into its 3rd year as a community built around food. And not just any food: healthy, sustainably grown, local food (and flowers!).
Community Supported Agriculture is also a share in the risk of farming. In a community where everyone eats, but only a few grow food, does it make sense, is it fair, for all the risk to fall on the growers, and none on the eaters? CSA tries to re-connect farmers and consumers in an economic model of shared risk and shared reward. It helps empower consumers with the knowledge of where their food comes from and how it was grown. It helps empower farmers with a certain market for the fruits (and leaves, and roots, etc.) of their hard work.