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What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a relatively new idea in farming, one that has been gaining momentum since its introduction to the United States from Europe in the mid-1980s. The CSA concept originated in the 1960s in Switzerland and Japan, where consumers interested in safe food and farmers seeking stable markets for their crops joined together in economic partnerships. Today, community support agriculture farms in the U.S., known as CSAs, number more than 1,000 (source: USDA Department of Agriculture Library).
Buying a CSA share is beneficial for both the farmer and the customer. Purchasing from Green Mountain College’s Cerridwen Farm supports a local, student-motivated farm. It guarantees that students and community members will be able to continue learning, and ensures that a vital part of Vermont’s farming history is maintained.
How Does GMC’s CSA Program Work?
After purchasing a share, half-share, or student semester share, members of the CSA program visit Cerridwen Farm once per week throughout the growing season on a scheduled pick-up day. The week’s offerings are ready for shareholders to pick up on the farm each week. Weekly email newsletters are sent out with recipe ideas catered to that weeks veggie shares.
What’s in a Share?
A weekly share may include a combination of pie pumpkins, cucumbers, turnips, beets, tomatoes, potatoes, squash, greens and a host of other great vegetables, flowers and herbs. The selection varies depending on the time in the growing season. A typical share is enough to feed four people.
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