Developed in the 1960s in Japan, Community Supported Agriculture is a way for communities to share the risks and the bounty of the harvest with the farmer. CSAs offer a positive alternative to the conventional agricultural system and works to create a viable economic model in which farmers receive 100 percent of the food dollar.
In a CSA, consumers buy shares in a farm’s output before the growing season starts, and then reap the benefits of the harvest each week as the season progresses. CSA members agree to share in the fluctuation and variations inherent in farming, and understand that their produce will be grown with sound sustainable farming practices. Members are, in essence, shareholders in the farm, thus becoming invested in its successes and failures.
In the Spring of 2014, we added a new phase to our CSA development: the CSA Farm Card model.
We now offer both traditional CSAs and one-year CSA Farm Cards.
- In our traditional CSAs, members pre-pay for a season and pick up their packaged shares weekly on Thursday at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market at Mercado San Agustin or either of our Sunday farmer’s markets, Heirloom Farmers Market at Rillito downs or Food in root market at St. Phillip’s Plaza .
- In our one-year Farm Card CSAs, members get a prepaid card which they can use to purchase any item at all of our farmer’s market locations.
Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing a traditional or one-year Farm Card CSA