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Getting By, Getting Ahead
Mon July 2, 2012
Community Supported Agriculture Brings Farmers Popularity, If Not Prosperity
One of the buzzwords we hear around the economy these days is “certainty” – that if we all had a better idea of what the economy was going to throw our way, we’d be better able to prepare for it.
New Hampshire farmers have tried to bring a little more certainty to an often uncertain industry through something called Community Supported Agriculture. In a CSA program, consumers essentially buy a share of the year’s crops from a farmer or a group of farmers. And they make that payment of a few hundred dollars at the start of the season.
Reporter Amanda Loder of StateImpact New Hampshire has been looking into CSAs for her economic series, Getting By, Getting Ahead. And she tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about what she’s learned.