Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 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.
Current business models for CSAs are diverse and innovative. Producers have adapted the CSA model to fit a variety of emerging direct marketing opportunities, including:
- Institutional health and wellness programs;
- Multi-farm systems to increase scale and scope;
- Season extension technologies; and
- Incorporating value-added products, offering flexible shares, and flexible electronic purchasing and other e-commerce marketing tools.