What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a 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, CSA farms in the U.S., known as CSAs, number more than 1,000. (* From the 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-run 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 or half-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 take home in wooden crates - usually with a note detailing what they will be receiving.
What's in a Share?
A weekly share inlcudes 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.
If you are interested in having a share split among other people, please let us know and we will do our best to partner you with someone. There are a limited number of “working shares” available to anyone willing to do 40 hours of work on the farm throughout the growing season. If you would like to pay in installments, we would like a deposit of $200 by April 15 and the following $200 by May 1.
All payments are due May 1.
Full Vegetable Share: $400
Half Vegetable Share: $250
Working Share: $200 (+ 40 hours of on-farm work)
NOFA Vermont offer a farm share program to help low-income families purchase CSA shares. Visit nofavt.org for more information.
For More Information
For more information, or to purchase a share, contact GMC Farm Manager & Research Associate Kenneth Mulder at (802) 287-2941 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the Cerridwen Farm CSA brochure.