What is a CSA?
CSA stands for "Community Supported Agriculture". CSA programs are becoming popular all over the US and Canada. Small independent farms typically pre-sell their crops on a subscription basis directly to the consumer. The consumer benefits by knowing where their food comes from and gets to participate in supporting local agriculture. The quality is often better and more nutritious since the crop can be harvested closer to its peak nutritional value. CSA members receive a "share" of the crop, usually in weekly or monthly case allotments during the season.
Farmboat can offer CSA memberships with a slightly different twist. We will acquire and consolidate quality produce from different farms and augment our offerings with a wider variety of items throughout the year.
CSA programs are considered very sustainable since farmers have an incentive to grow a wider variety of foods for local consumers rather than risking their earnings on one or two kinds of crops in the volatile food commodities markets. The result is better quality, stable pricing, and a healthier environment. A CSA member is basically hiring the farmer to grow the food they need rather than to buy what's mass produced on the factory farms.
One reason why CSA programs may be healthier for the environment is because small farms that grow a variety of crops need far less pesticides than large scale farms growing a single crop. This is due to nature's ability to manage insect populations through plant variety. CSA's encourages the consumption of local foods which reduce the need for long distance transportation too.