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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 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 4/5/18)

  • 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 4/5/18)

  • FairSHARE CSA Coalition
    FairSHARE CSA Coalition is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Madison, Wisconsin. Their mission is to support and connect farmers and consumers through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). They envision a future where CSA is the backbone of a strong local food system and where all families have access to locally-produced, organic food from small family farms. (posted 10/18/19)



  • 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 4/5/18)


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