Community Supported Agriculture
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership of mutual commitment and benefit between a farmer and a community of members to share in local food production. Members pay in advance for a share in the farm’s bounty through a growing season. A special relationship between the farm and its members is forged reconnecting them to the land through a weekly or monthly newsletter with recipes and farm field trips or harvest festivals. By direct sales to community members, who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance, growers can receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing.
CSA is a model of local agriculture that started in Japan in the early 1970’s when a group of women, concerned about the increase in food imports and the corresponding decrease in the farming population and produce quality, initiated a direct growing and purchasing relationship with local farms. The concept traveled to Europe and later to the US and was given the name “Community Supported Agriculture” in 1985. There are now over 1500 CSAs across the US and Canada.
A CSA works like a subscription to a farm. Members subscribe by paying upfront for a three-month or longer subscription season. During that session, they pick up a weekly box of produce at the CSA pickup location.
Agua Linda Farm CSA
Agua Linda CSA memberships last seven months from April to the end of October. Pickup locations are at the farm and in Green Valley and Tucson. Enrollment closes at the end of March. Half shares are not available and those who do not want a full share are encouraged to buddy up with a friend or neighbor and “share a share”. Monthly newsletter about what’s happening on the farm. Members also get free admission for harvest festivals at the farm. Agua Linda Farm is located in Amado, Arizona. Directions: I-19, Exit 42, south on East Frontage Road. For more information about Agua Linda CSA contact the farm by phone (520)398-3218 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.agualindafarm.net.
Avalon Organic Gardens, Farm and Ranch CSA
The Avalon community has been growing food since 1994 in Sedona, Arizona. They moved to Tubac recently and now offer naturally-raised vegetables for a CSA from June to November. Contact them at 520-603-9932, email csa@AvalonGardens.org for subscription and pick-up information or visit www.avalongardens.org Mailing address is P.O.Box 4910, Tubac, Az 85646. All proceeds will support the expansion and development of Avalon Organic Gardens, Farm, and Ranch, the agricultural training efforts of Global Community Communications Alliance Church and the Personality Integration Rehabilitation Program for Teens and Adults. (www.pirp.info.)
La Buena Vida Farm CSA
La Buena Vida Farm offers a 25 member CSA with bountiful fresh, seasonal food grown on our farm. Our CSA strives to provide our members with the highest quality, pesticide free, produce and farm products throughout the year, from April-November. CSA members have first priority on all of our farm harvests. Whatever is not pre-sold through CSA will be available at the weekly farm stand. Members pick up their share weekly at out farm stand in front of Portal Peak lodge & cafe or it can be delivered to your home for an additional fee.
You will receive as much variety and quantity in your share as growing conditions allow. Your participation in a farm CSA program directly facilitates the success of small, sustainable farms. Join up and enjoy supporting the viability of your local farm. Proprietors: Jerry and Jennifer Racicot, www.labuenavidafarm.com
Farmer Frank Martin, from Crooked Sky Farms in Glendale, drops off his freshly harvested produce and members pick it up that same day. Now at 300 members. In addition to getting Farmer Frank’s great produce, bulk orders are now received from other sustainable local and regional producers who provide goat cheese, grass-fed meat, eggs, honey and more. Staffed by volunteers, it works very much like a buying club. If you are interested in joining, or would like to find out more about it, go towww.tucsoncsa.org and visit the CSA during pickup hours. Newsletters, periodic field trips to Crooked Sky Farms. Pick-up Location is the courtyard of The Historic Y, 300 E. University Blvd (between 4th and 5th Ave) in Tucson.