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Join A CSA To Go Sustainable This Spring

The whole idea behind a CSA is that it becomes a community farm. The community not only gets the benefits of reconnecting to the land and directly participating in food production and helping the farmer receive better prices for their crops. But, it also means sharing in the risks that go along with farming; from bad weather to pest problems.

Not only does the CSA provide you with the freshest local food around, but it offers you the chance to try new vegetables and to learn new ways to prepare them. And, most farmers open up their farms to their members at least once during the season, and many even let them come and help harvest if they want to.

While it is a simple way to get fresh local food, it is not affordable for everyone. In the US, a typical CSA subscription ranges between 400-600 dollars per season (between 15 to 20 weeks depending on location) for a weekly box that feeds two people.  One way to make it more affordable is to share your CSA subscription with a friend or family member.

Some CSAs also offer a variety of payment plans to give members some flexibility in paying for their shares, such as installments, sliding scale fees or scholarship shares. Some are even geared towards low-income residents and are organized as part of regional food banks.

To find a CSA near you, check out Local Harvest or the Eat Well Guide.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.

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11:02PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

thanks for sharing

9:11AM PST on Jan 21, 2012

Thanks.

9:54AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

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4:33AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Great idea, for so many reasons. Our fledgling CSA, didn't make it. The owner ended in financial distress on unrelated issus, too bad. We'll have to keep looking for another.

11:39AM PST on Mar 6, 2011

Organic is for better health, thanks to the Farmersfor life.

10:30AM PST on Mar 4, 2011

Thank you for the information.

1:38PM PST on Feb 22, 2011

Great idea!

8:02PM PST on Nov 19, 2010

No I have not. Perhaps if I found one sometime, but really
not likely

9:43AM PST on Nov 9, 2010

I grow a good amount of my own, but this would be great fill in and of course for other items I don't grow. Our local farmers market is only on Friday morning in the summer and I work during those hours. I didn't realize there was any Organic CSAs or Co-Ops in this area as I have never seen any advertised, but there are a couple and that's great.

1:14PM PDT on Nov 1, 2010

I looked into this, and found that the nearest CSA farm is 35 miles from my home. It doesn't make sense to drive an hour and a half (round trip) every week just to buy produce.

I'll continue to check the web-site. Maybe next year there'll be someone closer. I love the idea.

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