CSAs: the perfect way to support local
For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has been a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from the farmer.
CSAs provide a way to not only support local farmers by buying into a share of food farm direct and in season, it is a perfect way for you to get to know your farmers and the food you eat. While similar models of CSAs existed in Europe, Japan and elsewhere, it is a relatively new model for the US, arriving on the scene back in the 1980s.
The Community Supported Agriculture movement was inspired by Rudolf Steiner, the Austrian philosopher and social reformer who is credited with developing Waldorf education and biodynamic agriculture. Two European biodynamic farmers, Jan Vander Tuin from Switzerland and Trauger Groh from Germany, brought the concept to the US and simultaneously established Indian Line Farm in Massachusetts and Temple-Wilton Community Farm in New Hampshire in 1986.
CSAs hit the US
Zoom ahead to 2015. There are now thousands of farms participating in CSA programs across the US. The success of these programs stems from a desire for consumers to reconnect with their food source and local growers.
It’s truly is a winning combination for consumers and growers. Consumers get delicious, fresh, in-season produce throughout the growing season while growers have the financial support from those consumers who fund a whole season’s budget at the start of the season.
Just a few of the benefits of CSAs
Benefits to the farmers:
- Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
- Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
- Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow
Benefits to the consumers:
- Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
- Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
- Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
- Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
- Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown
It really is a simple enough idea, but the positive impact for our community is profound.
Here is a great list of Ventura County CSAs
We’ve assembled a list of the Ventura County CSAs which includes all relevant contact information and links. You can download your own copy of the list as PDF document. You’ll find the link at the end of the list. Have fun checking out our local CSAs!
Avogrado’s Garden Farm CSA
|Location:||Ojai and Ventura|
Fresh Picks by Deardorff Organics CSA
Join the Farm! CSA
|Notes:||Sustainable, Organic Practices|
Mano Farm CSA
|Contact:||Shawn Fulbright and Quin Shakra|
McGrath Family Farms CSA
Rancho Del Pueblo Farm (Farmer and the Cook) CSA
Rio Gozo Farm CSA
|Contact:||John Fonteyn and Elizabeth Del Negro|
|Notes:||Organic (not certified)|
Stoke Grove Farm CSA
Underwood Family Farms CSA