We've been running a CSA Harvest Box Program for three years now, (at our previous farm in the Fraser Valley) and we love it. It's a great way for people to support local small-scale organic agriculture, while reaping the benefits of super fresh, nutritiously dense, high-quality organic produce straight from the farm. It's also a commitment to your health by adding more veggies into your diet, as well as a good way to learn more about the produce (nutrition, how to prepare & cook it, proper storage, etc).
What is a CSA?
Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and the local community, providing mutual benefits and reconnecting people to the land where their food is grown. Members sign up in the spring for a share of the harvest, which helps the farmer during a time when cash flow is low. In exchange, the farmer grows high-quality, super-fresh, affordable produce for the member which is then delivered weekly to a convenient pickup location.
This arrangement is ecologically sound because it reduces the long-distance trucking involved in much of today's produce delivery. In addition, the produce is organically grown; this method of growing food is healthier and more environmentally sustainable for the consumer, the farmer, and the land itself. As well, you're supporting your local economy!
How does it work?
The farmer offers a certain number of "shares" in the harvest, which they make available to their community. The member purchases a "share" in the spring, which gets them a box of delicious, nutritious, locally grown organic vegetables every week throughout the farming season.