Want CSA Success? Get To Know Your Neighbors
This week some NHPR staffers got their first weekly share of veggies from a nearby CSA – which stands for community supported agriculture.
The idea is that consumers buy a share of the year’s crops in advance – that gives them a weekly supply of produce, while farmers get a more stable income stream than what they might have selling just through farmers markets or farmstands.
Janet Wilkinson is Executive Director of Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire. She says the CSA model appears to be working for the most part - but there's more to the model than it might seem For example, farmers who want to get involved in a CSA don’t just need to grow more produce – they need to develop relationships in their community.