Community Supported Agriculture or CSA is a brilliant way of getting a community invested in their local farms. Weekly visits to pick up food brings excited shareholders right to the farm where it’s grown, where they can talk with the people who grow it.
It was hard to imagine in May, when we were busy planting seedlings and getting the farm up and running to think that we would have enough food to harvest 100 shares a week all through the summer.
But June came around and our CSA started and every Tuesday and Thursday we set up harvest bins overflowing with veggies and write up the big chalkboard with what’s in the share. We have lovely volunteers that come Tuesday and Thursday to help with share distribution by checking people off when they come in and helping them with their questions and cooking ideas.
We started the summer under a small yellow circus tent, which we’ve since upgraded to two white fold up tents. A barn is in the works so that hopefully before the last share pick up we can treat our shareholders to a luxurious indoor pickup! We’ve come a long way since I started in May and it’s been incredible to watch the transformation. Its so important to have the community right there with you, the people that are willing to take the risk and support our first year farm.