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Community Supported Agriculture Zoo

What is community supported agriculture (CSA)? CSA's are farms that operate on the community's promise to support them, sharing the risks.

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Latest Activity: Dec 5, 2011

About the CSA Zoo

A Great Day at the Garden!

The CSA Zoo is a celebration of Community Supported Agriculture. The CSA Zoo is here to educate, promote, and serve as a little village in the Zoobird community where people and organizations who are interested in CSA can gather.

"Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer." (from Local Harvest)

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Finding Local CSA's

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CSA Zoo Reading List

Gator Community Supported Agriculture | Sustainable UF

In fall 2009, the Office of Sustainability launched the Gator Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The program hosted four farms, and was a successful way to engage the campus community on food sustainability as well as to provide a convenient way to acquire local produce. The program will return for the 2011-2012 growing season.

Alliance Delivers Farm-Fresh Produce to South Bronx Consumers - NYTimes.com

Mr. Derryck, who lives in Harlem, is Schoharie County’s newest farmer. His spread is Corbin Hills Road Farm, 92 acres with a pretty farmhouse and a silo that needs a roof. It’s the cornerstone of a project linking the upstate rural and downstate urban through beets and berries, an effort to get healthy food into what is the poorest Congressional district east of the Mississippi. Unlike others who have come to the South Bronx to solve social problems through vegetables, he is offering neither charity nor an outsider’s idea of what the neighborhood might want to cook. He’s developed a commercial community-supported agriculture plan (C.S.A.) that lets residents determine what they’ll get, with an enticing prize at the end for people who stick with it: a chance to own shares in the farm...

Community-supported agriculture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

What is CSA? It's a community commitment to support a farm....

Community Supported Agriculture - LocalHarvest

So, that's what CSA stands for!

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Comment by Michael Levin on December 5, 2011 at 11:51am

Tim, I recall you mentioning that book and see it here
. I'll read it. I bet it's in the library!

Comment by Tim Kinney on December 5, 2011 at 10:59am

I just finished reading "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver.  It was terrific!  She has become my favorite author.  This one is about a year on her farm in Virginia, when her family took a vow to live on only what they could grow themselves, or buy from neighbors.  The book is quite informative, but it's also laugh-out-loud funny!  I sat on my back porch reading it, and giggling like a fool!

Comment by Carla Van Arnam on December 17, 2009 at 8:45pm
Glad to see a CSA Zoo. I was a member of a CSA in Charlottesville VA before moving to Gainesville (1998-2000) and am now a member of Plowshares in Gainesville. I LOVE it. I think what I like best is the relief from decision making and the challenge of cooking what's in the bag. It is the best way to go.

Jim - you might look at http://www.localharvest.org/ or visit your local farmer's market. Some of the organic farmers who operate CSA's may have their pick up at the market and/or also sell the excess.
Comment by Michael Levin on December 17, 2009 at 5:52pm

Jim, I added a discussion called Finding Local CSA's here to start answering your question and help others find their local CSA's. Thanks!
Comment by Jim  Moore on December 17, 2009 at 5:13pm
Where can we find out about more local CSAs? For example, CSAs in the Space Coast region of Florida?
 

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