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« Reply #30 on: October 22, 2009, 05:39:08 PM »

ok, I have been looking for clues and can't figure it out, maybe I am just very tired.  But can someone please tell me what CSA stands for??  Thanks,  and I think this is a great thread.
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« Reply #31 on: October 22, 2009, 05:46:41 PM »

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  What you do is pay a fixed amount, at the beginning of the season, to a vegetable grower in your area.  The farmer uses that money to buy seed, supplies, etc.  Then all through the growing season, you get veggies that the farmer has grown, usually on a weekly or every-other-week basis.  Most CSAs grow organic vegetables.  As a CSA member (also called "shareholder"), I can tell you that the fresh, local organic vegetables were well worth the price of the share.

Most CSAs deliver to drop-off points, where you go to pick up your share.  Some have you come to the farm.  A few deliver to your door.

CSAs help keep small growers in business, because the customers are absorbing some of the cost.  It's a way of buying directly from the people who produce your food.

I love my CSA. 
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« Reply #32 on: October 22, 2009, 05:47:20 PM »

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     CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.

     "Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season."

More information at this website:  http://www.localharvest.org/csa/
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« Reply #33 on: October 23, 2009, 08:23:59 AM »

Mandycat and Catbird, thanks so much.  I'll check out the link.
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