The CSA Movement
Supported Agriculture or CSA is a concept first used in the United
WHY COMMUNITY SUPORTED AGRICULTURE?
CSA’s occur when a group of consumers and farmers recognize that they share a common purpose in supporting agriculture that is socially and ecologically responsible. Consumers and farmers are consciously working together to take care of the earth. The consumer knows where and how his/her food is being grown, can take part in farm work and activities, and develop a relationship with agriculture. The farmer grows food to fulfill the needs of known individuals who value the produce rather than for an uncertain market. No food is wasted. This provides the farmer with a stable base of economic and social support.
In 1993 Good
Humus started a CSA with ten friends.
Now our farm has 175 families that receive vegetables and
fruit once a week for 48 weeks out of the year. Optional fruit and
flowers shares are also available.
We deliver to families in the
MAKING THE CONNECTION
CSA is an opportunity for you to:
· Create a direct relationship between your farmer and producer of freshly harvested, locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables.
· Participating gives you the opportunity to keep your food dollars local.
· Produce harvested at its ripest has more flavor, is tastier and with some interesting and unusual varieties of produce it gives you a surprise each week.
· You will also be assuring your support for a positive affect on environmentally sustainable agriculture.
History Of The CSA
History Of The CSA
THE BEGINNING OF A MOVEMENT
TEIKEI starts in
Or Community Supported
Agriculture (CSA) in the
The emergence of the Teikei
system in l971 in
The war years which
started in l937 with the invasion of
Consumers who were
concerned about the food safety and community problems, usually
housewives, began to demand local organic products and additive free
foods. These women, who were primarily responsible for feeding the
family, were not only seeking food safety, but also the kyodatai or
"community" that was lost in the move to the city. So some of the more
politicized and educated urban housewives began to gather together to
solve the problems that were too difficult to solve individually.
They organized consumer cooperatives and
found local organic farmers willing to cooperate. One consumer group
member recalls, "I first wanted good milk for my children, and then I
realized we could find other basics, like safe vegetables, from nearby
farmers." This was the beginning of Teikei or face to face relationships