Any community sustained agriculture opportunities near you? : LUSENET : Countryside : One Thread

I am currently living in Florida,but would like to make a move to a more seasonal climate,preferably the Midwest(SW missouri).I am very interested in becoming part of a Community supported agricultural community with emphasis on suppling fresh,organic goods to city dwellers,resturants,etc.I would prefer a christian based community,but would love to hear from anyone interested in starting such an enterprise.I also am open to moving to other states where CSA's are active.Thanks.

-- Eric Nathan Jacobson (, January 10, 2000


Response to Any community sustained agriculture opportunities?

I operate a CSA in southern Ohio. Most CSA's(community supported agriculture) are owned and operated by individual farmers. Some are owned by non-profit organizations. I raise organic produce and sell through a csa and farmers markets. The csa is a system where the farmer supplies produce to a specific consumer on a membership basis. For instance my csa begins accepting members in febuary. They pay an upfront deposit(which is my seed money) and then several payments during the season. In mid may I begin to deliver produce and continue through october. The members receive a "share " of whatever is growing. We raise a variety of veggies, herbs and fruit. I think it is a great niche market. I have not heard of any communities doing csa, though.

-- ame (, March 27, 2000.

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