CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

Life Farms was established in 2013 as a community-supported organic farm and education center. Our community is made up of farmers, CSA Members and non-members.

Overview

800px-Clagett_Farm_CSA_Week_11Community-supported agriculture (CSA; sometimes known as community-shared agriculture) is an alternative, locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme. Many CSAs also sometimes include herbs, cut flowers, honey, eggs, dairy products and meat. In theory a CSA can provide any product to its members, although the majority of CSA tend to provide produce and other comestibles. Some CSAs provide for contributions of labor in lieu of a portion of subscription costs.

What is a CSA Member?

Families and individuals become CSA Members by paying a seasonal fee, which entitles them to a share of our weekly vegetable harvest. The farm is also open to non-members. While non-members are not entitled to a weekly share, they are encouraged to enjoy our volunteer opportunities, special events, and tours.

How do I become a CSA Member?

To become a Life Farms CSA Member, simply fill out a membership application and pay for a Full or Half membership. We accept applications until we have sold the total number of shares we will have available for the next Season. Once the membership is paid in full, the Member comes to the farm to pick up their freshly-harvested organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs each week on the day and time selected on their application.