What is a CSA?
(Community Supported Agriculture)
The following is an excerpt from the USDA’s web site which quotes Suzanne DeMuth’s,
CSA: An Annotated Bibliography and Resource Guide.
"Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Typically, members or "share-holders" of the farm or garden, pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer’s salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production. Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests. By direct sales to community members, who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance, growers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing."
Why Join a CSA?
There are many benefits to joining a CSA.
By supporting your local farmer, you are committing to improving and sustaining the economic health of your local community. On average, the food on your plate at dinner tonight will have traveled approximately 1200 miles. Most communities are actually capable of producing at least 35% of the food they need. If we commit to this way of life as a community, billions of dollars would be added to our local economies. By supporting your local farmer, you are improving your local economy and improving the quality of life for you and your children.
Most small local farms practice green farming techniques such as rotational grazing and organic farming. By supporting your community farms, you will be improving the environment and the health of yourself and your children. Additionally, when food does not have to travel great distances to get to your plate, you help to lower the carbon footprint left behind. In every mile food travels, more carbon is put into the air. Small local farms that practice green farming actually lower the carbon in the air, lowering pollution in your community. We at Parable Farm are committed to these techniques, and every year look to improve our implementation of them.
Local equals fresh; fresh equals healthy and nutritious. It’s a simple equation. The faster food gets from the farm to your plate, the more nutrients remain in the food. The healthier you eat, the healthier you will be. Eating healthy, nutritious food straight from your local farm has the potential to save you thousands of dollars in medical bills, as well as adding quality to your life and the lives of your children. We can’t guarantee you will never have to go to a doctor again if you purchase your meat from our farm, but it certainly improves your chances. For more detailed information on the nutritional benefits of grass-fed meats, please visit our web site and take a look at our power point presentation showing the benefits of grass-fed beef.
Let’s face it, the one commodity highest in demand, lowest in supply, and most valuable to you today is . . . time. Because we deliver to central locations in your area once a month, you will be able to save many hours of valuable time not having to shop in the supermarket. No lines, no waiting, no crowds, much less stress. And if you like, we can even deliver direct to your door for an additional fee.
The greatest benefit to joining our CSA is having a guaranteed quantity of the freshest, most nutritious, and best tasting grass-fed, organically pastured; naturally raised beef delivered to you every month. And of course this is also true of our ultra high quality chicken and pork. In summary:
• Economic health of your community
• Farm fresh healthy meats for your family
• Huge time savings
• Lower pollution in our community
• Guaranteed deliveries every month