University of Maryland Extension

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Partnership between consumers and farmers in which consumers pay for farm products in advance and farmers commit to supplying sufficient quantity, quality and variety of products. This type of arrangement can be initiated by the farmer (farmer directed) or by a group of consumers (participatory).

 

An introduction to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) with a
focus on sustainability and fresh, local food.


On the Web

  • CSA Across the Nation: Findings from the 1999 CSA Survey
    (2003) Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS), College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Provides the first comprehensive portrait of the CSA movement in the US. Findings from a 1999 national "census" survey show commonalities and diversity among CSA farms. (posted 3/13/13
  • CSA Resources for Farmers
    U.S. Department of Agriculture, AFSIC. List of selected books, articles, videos and web links focusing on the business of CSA farming. (posted 3/13/13)

  • Community Supported Agiculture (CSA) Publications
    Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC) and Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) partnered with Maryland Department of Agriculture and Maryland Farm Bureau to develop materials to better aid farmers in developing their own contracts.  These materials have been developed with a Federal State Marketing Improvement Program grant through USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service(posted 10/9/15)

Publications

Presentations

  • A Statewide Survey of Maryland CSA Farms
    By Ginger S. Myers - Director, Maryland Enterprise Development Center and Extension Specialist, University of Maryland Extension, University of Maryland Extension Survey of Maryland CSA Farms (November 2009) (posted 3/13/13)

 

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