If you didn’t already know, CSA stands for community supported agriculture. Although this farming concept has officially existed for more than 40 years, the idea has likely been in use much longer.
Since its official designation in the 1980s, the concept has grown into somewhat of a lifestyle. CSAs benefit broad sectors of communities, including economic, social, and health concerns.
So, how much do you know about CSAs? Below, we share a few details about CSAs and their positive effects on communities—and of course, the farmers who help feed them.
How Does a CSA Work?
A CSA is a cooperative relationship that partners farmers with community members for a designated growing season. Participants have a stake in the success of each seasonal crop. Whether weather and other conditions are favorable for a successful crop yield or not, each party is taking the same risk.
The system allows local members the opportunity to make an investment in the crop—and the entire local farming community—by making an advance payment that allows the farmer the “seed money” to start and grow the harvest.
In addition to fresh produce, many CSA farmers offer other products, too. These may include meat, eggs, fresh baked goods, cut flowers, honey, and more.
Advantages of Becoming a CSA Partner
Partner with a local CSA farm to receive regular orders of fresh vegetables, fruit and other goodies. You’ll be spoiled with its reliable convenience! Check out these CSA benefits:
- You are supporting a local farmer
- No cross-country shipping required
- By eliminating the middleman, your food is much fresher—thus saving you money because it will last much longer
- Fresher food ensures peak nutrition and flavor
- Your order can usually be customized to your preferences, if you ask (many participants love the surprises they find each week)
- Distribution usually means a set pick-up time that works for your schedule—and some CSA farmers will even deliver to your home
Find a CSA Near You
Finding local CSAs near you is quick and easy—just check out the Colorado CSA directory. This handy guide includes detailed product lists that are offered at each CSA farm, along with mapped locations, operating hours, payment options, and more.
Set up Your New CSA Membership February 21-28!
If getting your share of sustainable, organically grown food regularly and conveniently sounds like your kind of meal planning, make sure to sign up online at the website of the farm of your choice between February 21-28 for National CSA Week. (You may sign up at any time before a new growing season, but this week highlights CSA awareness. Farms may also offer special incentives.)
Check It Out
To get an idea of how all of this works in real life, check out the sites of a few Colorado farms we’ve highlighted below. You’ll wonder how you ever got along without this convenient and healthful service!
- Blue Trane Heritage Farm—Pick-up locations throughout central Colorado
- Go Farm—Golden
- Shire CSA—Fort Collins
- Light Root Community Farm—near Boulder
- Field to Fork Farm—Palisade
Support Local Farmers by Insuring with Farm Bureau Insurance
Buying a CSA is one way to support Colorado farmers. Another way is to insure with Colorado Farm Bureau Insurance. To learn more about our auto, home, and life policies, use our Agent Finder to find a local agent near you.