Sustainable agriculture and farming is the future. Learn more how you can
support farmers in our community. (site information provided from U.S.
Department of Agriculture)
Community Supported Agriculture consists of a
community of individuals who pledge support to a farm
operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally
or spiritually, the community's farm, with the growers
and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the
risks and benefits of food production. Typically,
members or "share-holders" of the farm or garden pledge
in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm
operation and farmer's salary. In return, they receive
shares in the farm's bounty throughout the growing
season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting
to the land and participating directly in food
production. Members also share in the risks of farming,
including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or
pests. By direct sales to community members, who have
provided the farmer with working capital in advance,
growers receive better prices for their crops, gain some
financial security, and are relieved of much of the
burden of marketing.
AFSIC also has developed specific resources on this
topic. They include:
Data collected in 2007 by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture indicates that 12,549
farms in the United States reported marketing
products through a community supported agriculture
(CSA) arrangement. Information by state is also
CSA Across the Nation: Findings from the
1999 CSA Survey. (2003) Center for Integrated
Agricultural Systems (CIAS), College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Provides the first comprehensive portrait of the CSA
movement in the US. Findings from a 1999 national
"census" survey show commonalities and diversity
among CSA farms.
Marketing Your Organic Produce. In
Final Results of the 4th National Organic Farmers
Survey: Sustaining Organic Farms in a Changing
Organic Marketplace. p. 48-51. (2004) Organic
Farming Research Foundation (OFRF). Survey conducted
"History of Community Supported Agriculture,"
Unit 4.1 In Teaching Direct Marketing and Small
Farm Viability: Resources for Instructors.
(2005) Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food
Systems, University of California, Santa Cruz.
Lecture Outline and Appendix: The Ten Founding
Principles of the Teikei System in Japan.
AGRICOLA (AGRICultural Online Access) is a
bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural
literature created by the National Agricultural Library
(NAL) and its
cooperators. The records describe publications and
resources encompassing all aspects of agriculture and
allied disciplines. [Learn more about
("community supported agriculture") or
("community supported farm???") or ("CSA
farm???") or ("subscription farm???") or ("box
scheme?") or ("teikei")
Tip: To browse AGRICOLA using other terms, go to
http://agricola.nal.usda.gov/. Under the
NAL Catalog or the
Articles Database column, select "Browse," select
"Subject Browse," enter a subject term in the box
labeled "Find," and then select "Submit."
Publications from the Sustainable Agriculture
Research and Education (SARE) program.
Publications include Marketing Strategies for
Farmers and Ranchers; and Building a
Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a
Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses.
Missouri Alternatives Center (University of Missouri
Extension) database of full-text publications from
[select "C", then "Community Supported Agriculture"
for links to 14 documents]
The U.S. Department of Agriculture supports three
major programs that offer sustainable agriculture
information and assistance. Whether you are a farmer, an
educator or a researcher seeking more information about
sustainable agriculture in general, about a specific
crop, or help with a specific problem, these programs
can help. Contact information for each program and a
description of each program's area of specialization are
Sustainable Agriculture Research and
Education (SARE) program
Provides grant opportunities; maintains diverse
portfolio of research projects; synthesizes research
results and on-farm experiences to develop books,
introductory bulletins and educator guides.
ATTRA - The National Sustainable Agriculture
Informtion Service, a program of the National
Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
National information service answers questions about
specific farming practices and innovative marketing
approaches, including organic production.
Alternative Farming Systems Information
Collects, organizes and distributes information on
alternative agriculture and provides high-level
searching and reference services from the National
Agricultural Library's vast collection and