DEAR NEW FARM:
My wife and I are about to inherit my family's 90-acre farm.
We are interested in alternative methods through which such
small ventures can be made into worthwhile endeavors. What
is the process of working with a CSA, or the process of becoming
one, essentially? What does a landowner provide to the community
involved, etc.? How much control is exercised over the land
There are a lot of CSA models. Elizabeth Henderson wrote the
definitive book on them, Sharing
the Harvest (Chelsea Green), along with the late Robyn
Van En: www.wilson.edu/wilson/asp/content.asp?id=804.
We've reprinted a number of selected writings by Elizabeth
here on New Farm that address the ins and outs of CSA farming:
Farm Expects More than a Yearly Fee; Members Gladly Dig
Preserving Peacework: a long-term alternative to farm ownership
And we've also devoted a whole page to CSA resources, including
a two-part history of the movement in this country:
CSA Resource Page
That should answer most of your questions and spark some
us with comments, suggestions and questions.