We are so close to launching the 2023 season, and so honored that we have your support to make our work possible for another year. At the heart of CSA is the idea that when a farm is economically stable because a group of consumers has chosen to support it in exchange for a share of the harvest, the stress on the farmer is greatly reduced and they are able to focus on producing a higher quality of product in a way that minimizes compromises to the care of the earth -- compromises that are often forced on farmers from the pressure of trying to stay in business while producing food for the open market.
In order for consumers to feel confident supporting the farmers, a high level of transparency is necessary. The farmers have a responsibility to ensure their work remains efficient and competitive. Originally the pioneers of the CSA movement envisioned that the process of setting budgets, pricing and risk and reward agreements would be carried out jointly with consumers and farmers at the table. We have found that the best method for us has been to put forth what we are capable of, be transparent about it and accept feedback in the form of customer surveys, customer retention rates and direct and open conversations throughout the year with our customers who we see on delivery routes or who come out to help at the farm.
All that being said, we'd like to present you with a breakdown of all the costs associated with the production of one CSA box so that you have a clear idea of what you are agreeing to support when you sign up for a CSA share. We hope to open sign up on Monday!
To read more in depth about CSA check out the following: Lorand, Andrew. "CSA." Dr. Lorand's Professional Biodynamics. https://drlorand.wordpress.com/csa/