What Is CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a unique collaboration connecting people to a local farm and farmer. When you become a CSA member, you agree to support the costs of running the farm in exchange for a share of the harvest. By contributing a membership fee in advance, you become a partner with the farmer in sharing some of the risk as well as the bounty of agricultural production.
The problems with our industrialized food system are many. From pesticide residues in our food, soil, and water, to the shrinking number of family farms, there are many reasons to look at alternative food systems such as CSA. The CSA concept first took hold in Japan, where it was called “food with the farmer’s face,” emphasizing that food does not have to be a generic commodity transported many miles and produced under factory-like conditions. From our perspective as farmers, CSA succeeds because it allows us to focus on our passion for working with the land to produce the most wholesome, life-giving, best tasting food possible, while building a strong bond with the members we are feeding.
Denison Farm CSA
Last year Denison Farm CSA consisted of a group of 500 members. This season we anticipate the same and look forward to providing families in the Capital Region with locally grown produce. We are farming 16 acres of Certified Naturally Grown vegetables, flowers, herbs, and cover crops in the most sustainable and ecological way we can. Denison Farm currently is certified through NOFA’s Farmers’ Pledge and by Certified Naturally Grown. We adhere to the national organic standards. Please look online at the NOFA and CNG websites to learn more about both organizations.
We hope that your weekly CSA pick-up will be one of your Summer and Autumn highlights. As with any season, some crops will flourish while others will be less abundant. We offer to you the fruits of our labor and ask of you to understand and share some of the responsibilities and risks.