Get your veggies on! The winter 2015/2016 Miami CSA, Community Supported Agriculture enrollment is open for the upcoming season. Click here to register.
What is Community Supported Agriculture, CSA?
“The idea of subscription agriculture was born in Japan over 50 years ago, when people there became increasingly concerned about the growing amount of imported food and the decline of local farming. Known in Japanese as “teikei” (meaning “putting the farmer’s face on food”) the concept took hold in the United States during the mid-1980’s as ‘Community Supported Agriculture’. It flourished in New England and has become increasingly popular among consumers wanting farm-fresh, locally-grown produce. Today there are well over 12,000 active CSAs across the country, many of them supplying organically-grown food.
Participants in a CSA farm pay in advance before the start of the season for a share of the farm’s harvest. In turn, they receive a portion of farm products each week (or biweekly) throughout the growing season. Prepayment gives the small farmer operating capital for the year’s production, and helps the farmer plan the planting and harvest schedule. Shareholders not only share the bounty from the farm– they also share the risk. If there is a crop failure (such as from disease, a hurricane or major freeze), the shareholders agree to take the loss with the farmer. Here in South Florida, the season lasts about 5 months from approximately mid-November through mid-April (10 or 20 deliveries over 22-23 weeks).
CSA is not a supermarket. The vegetables that you find each week in your share is what is harvested at that time. You are not able to pick and choose as in a market. Part of the commitment is learning to eat what is in season here in our local area- you will become more flexible and adventurous with your cooking and eating habits. Each crop has a preference for certain growing conditions. There are some things that cannot grow at all, and others that have a very limited season in South Florida. As a subscriber of a Community Supported Agriculture farm, you can help support local small farms, boost the local economy, as well as provide your family with healthful, fresh produce.” via Bee Heaven Farm
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