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CSA Benefits for the Shareholder?

shareholderCommunity Supported Agriculture is a way for people to have a direct connection with farms and farmers. CSA is an active dialogue between the people that eat food and those who grow it. Shareholders that participate in CSA dramatically reduce the costs and negative impacts associated with transportation of food. On average, food on your table travels between 1,000 and 1,500 miles. Participants have the ability to invite farming into their community and make it a viable and vibrant asset. CSA typically requires flexibility, communication, and commitment from both the farmer and shareholder.

Shareholders typically pay a lump sum to a specific farm and in return receive a weekly share of what is in season in their local ecosystem. The positive impacts are easy to imagine, including a reliable supply of fresh local produce for shareholders, a varied diet that changes with the season and conditions, and the ability to gain an understanding of what challenges and limitations farmers have to deal with on a daily basis. Some CSAs offer shareholders an opportunity to experience these directly through field events, such as transplanting seedling, weeding, potlucks and pumpkin patches activities. Some CSAs offer a variety of delivery options that consumers may want to consider. CSA farms typically have their own specific character and are hard to objectively evaluate.


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More Resources for Consumers

    Download the National Sustainable Agricultural Information Service publication and learn more about CSA farming.
  • USDA AG Library
    Learn about organizations and websites related to CSAs.
  • Operating a CSA
    Read about CSA agriculture growing food and community published through the University of Wisconsin.