Have you heard about Community Supported Agriculture? If you haven’t, you’re missing out. Basically, community supported agriculture is when a group of people become “share holders” in a farm operation. You pledge to buy a certain portion of a crop and provide the money up-front. When the crops are done, you get the portion that you purchased at the beginning of the farming season.
The share holders also take on the risk associated with farming – meaning if the farmer has reduced crops due to drought, pests, etc. you get less product.
The benefits associated with community supported agriculture are numerous though, and far outweigh the risk. First, supporting CSA is a great way to support your local community. It allows farmers to grow without all of the bank loans that they typically have to take on. Second, if the farmer produces crops as expected, you can get a great deal on produce and save money based on what you would pay in the store.
Getting involved in community supported agriculture is also a very green thing to do. A lot of the food that ends up on our tables travels an extremely long way to arrive there. Buying local, when possible, is a great way to be more eco friendly.
CSA’s are now available in every state and you might be surprised at what’s available near you. It’s worth checking out. Many times these farms will make deliveries to many central delivery points in an area weekly during harvest season. You’ll get different produce at different times, based on what’s available at the time.
It’s well worth your time to find out what’s available in your area and it’s a great green thing to do – not to mention good for the community.