Inwood CSA
Inwood Community Supported Agriculture Group

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About our CSA

Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is a movement that began 30 years ago in Japan and was introduced in the USA in 1985. There are now over 1000 CSAs in North America, supporting small-scale, local farmers.

How does a CSA work?

Members buy a "share" of the harvest directly from the farmers before the season begins. Because members pay in advance the CSA allows farmers to raise interest-free operating capital. In return, members receive a steady supply of fresh food from the farm throughout the summer and fall. When you join a CSA, you know exactly where your food is coming from. You will meet the farmers, and you may even visit the farm.

The money for your share goes directly to the farmers. Volunteer members run the CSA, and there are no markups for advertising, storing, or distribution. Because there are no guarantees that particular crops will succeed, you share the financial risks along with the farmers. You also share in the bounty of the farm, and members usually receive high quality vegetables and herbs at below-market prices.

When you buy locally grown produce, there is no need to transport it long distances. Buying local uses less fossil fuel and ensures that your food is really fresh. As a member of a CSA, you will be supporting small-scale, ecological, local farming, and helping maintain our regional farmlands and rural areas. You will eat delicious, healthy, non-toxic food.

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