OEC's Guide to Community Supported Agriculture
A CSA stands for community supported agriculture, where individuals pledge support to a farm in return for high quality food and farm products. Members, also called shareholders, invest in a local farm by funding the whole season’s budget in advance. In return they receive a proportion of the harvest throughout the growing season, as well as the satisfaction from participating directly in the production of their food. There are variations to this type of farming, but most CSA farmers have members pay for the whole season in advance and the members receive a weekly basket of produce. Other CSA farms allow weekly or monthly payments and others require members to work a small amount of hours on the farm during the growing season. CSA farming creates a very strong relationship between the consumer and producer, which benefits all that are involved.
Visit the Portland Community Supported Agriculture Coalition or Local Harvest to find a CSA farm near you.