COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE
The average meal travels a total of 1,500 miles to reach your
plate. And most of what we pay for our food goes to companies that
transport, process and market it, while the people who actually grow
food donít get paid enough to keep doing it.
Some communities are finding an alternative. Like them, our goal
is to design a safe, nutritious, and sustainable food system based on
a socially responsible economic model known as CSA or Community
Supported Agriculture. In a CSA program, a committed consumer group
shares the financial risk of the farm in exchange for a share of the
farmís produce. Consumers get fresh, organically and locally grown
produce at reasonable prices. Farmers receive better prices for their
crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the
burden of getting their products to market.
Now, you too can become a CSA member right here in Wicomico County.
To start, our CSA members can expect weekly shares of fresh vegetables
from the week of April 14, 2002 through November 3, 2002. A full
share costs $450.00 per year and will provide a family of four with
fresh produce for 30 weeks. If a full share is too much, you could
find a friend to spilt your share.
As our CSA matures, we hope to extend the season and even offer
year-round shares. Our dream goes beyond the typical CSA model. It
is our goal to ultimately create a CSA that would include educational
demonstrations for school children and training programs for
underserved members of our community. In short, we envision a CSA as
a way to build community around the most essential, unifying force in
our lives: FOOD.
For more information contact :
Jay Martin at (410) 873-2942 or email@example.com
Amy Liebman at (410) 860-9850 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CSA MEETING 1/26/02
BRIEF HISTORY OF CSA
- Globlization of food production and the importance of eating locally and seasonally grown food.
- Teikei Farms (food with the farmerís face on it) originated in Japan (1960ís) as response to urbanization of population and concern about availability of fresh, wholesome food.
- Spread to Europe, adopted by farmers to stabilize markets.
- Concept introduced to U.S by Robyn Van En at Indian Line Farm (1983) and Trauger Groh at Temple-Wilton Farm Community Farm (1984)
- Spread throughout Northeast, mostly serving urban areas, presently over 1000 CSAís in the U.S., with as few as 10 sharers and as many as 1200.
TYPES OF CSAíS
- Pure CSA: Total production of the farm goes to shareholders, total budget of the farm is covered by shareholders. Typically membership is expected to perform work on the farm as part of the commitment.
- Hybrid CSA or Subscription Service: The CSA is a portion of the overall farmís production, providing a foundation for the survival of the farm and farmer. Typically farmer will sell to other markets, (farmstand, farmerís markets, restaurants, local stores). Value of weekly share is based on retail price of items, discounted 10-15%, but not adjusted for market fluctuations.
LEVEL OF COMMITMENT OF ALL PARTICIPANTS
- The essence of the relationship is the mutual commitment. The goal is to reconnect people with the land that sustains them.
- Shareholders must understand the inherent risks of any farming endeavor and be willing to accept their share of the possible losses due to pests, weather extremes and diseases along with the bounty.
- The core group helps take the responsibility for CSA functions that take place outside the gardens, including bookkeeping, distribution, membership records, a newsletter, coordinating community events, and educational components. The farm becomes your farm.
- Farmer is relieved of some of the marketing burdens and allowed to focus attention on stewardship of the land and providing the consumer with high quality, nutritious and safe food.
CROP AVAILABILITY AND PREFERENCES
- See Crop Availability Sheet and Preference Sheet
- We are planning on a 30 week growing season (and therefore a 30 week membership) from the week of April 14 through the week of November 3, 2002. There may be an additional five to six weeks of available produce to purchase at the end of the season.
- Each member will pick-up food once per week. Your pick up day will be determined at a later date..
- Those that are close to the farm will pick up of their food at the farm. For those living closer to town, there will be at least one distribution point, possibly two, in Salisbury.
- Each member is responsible for their share every week. If you are unable to pick up, make arrangements for a friend or neighbor to pick up your share. If you will be on vacation and would like to donate your food, we are developing a system to easily facilitate this.
COST AND PAYMENT OPTIONS
- This year we will be operating on the subscription model at a cost of $15 per week. A 30-week membership (4/14/02 Ė 11/3/02) will cost a total of $450.00. There are three payment options:
- For those that are able to do so, please pay the entire $450 in advance by April 1, 2002.
- For those not able to pay the total amount in advance, but can pay half in advance, please pay $225 by April 1, 2002 and $225 by June 15, 2002.
- Those paying monthly will be asked to pay in advance each month (months with 4 pick ups $60.00, months with 5 pick ups $75.00).
- There will be no discounts for pre-payment as this rewards those who have already been rewarded. If any of the above payment options are prohibitive, please talk to Jay.
- Help with recruitment
- Communicating with you via newsletter
CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE:
1) BEST WAY TO REACH YOU?
Mail E-mail FAX
2) PICK UP OPTION
FULL ($450 by April 1, 2002)
HALF ($225 by April 1, 2002 and $225 by June 15, 2002)
If you are interested in helping out with the CSA there are several areas where we need your help. On the farm we welcome volunteers interested in planting, harvesting or prepping. Off the farm we could use help with our weekly newsletter--content (i.e. recipes, nutritional information, updates) layout and printing. We also need a book keeper. Please let us know how you would like to help.
504 Poplar Hill Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801
Questions? Call Amy at 410.860.9850 or Jay at 410.873.2942