What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an alternative way to get healthy local produce. A CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Typically, members or "share-holders" pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest. In return, the share-holder receives shares once a week from the farm's bounty throughout the growing season. In summary, a CSA is a locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution.
There are a lot of reasons to join a CSA and buy a share in a farm's harvest. Some people join for the amazingly fresh food. Some people enjoy the connection to a specific farm and/ or farmer. Others just want to support their local food system and are looking for a simple one-stop way to do so. Listed are some other reasons why to join KU’s CSA:
- The convenience of picking up your share right on your way home from work
- Weekly access to ultra-fresh, locally grown produce
- Learn what grows in our region of Kansas and how to prepare new vegetables and fruits
- Members of a CSA are more likely to include vegetables and fruits in their daily diet