What is a CSA?
A Little History…
Community Supported Agriculture began in the 1960s with independent farm partnership experiments in Japan and Europe. Considered the world’s first CSA program, teikei – derived from the word for “cooperation” or “partnership” – began when a group of Japanese women, alarmed by the prevalence of pesticides, formed a cooperative to create annual food subscriptions in partnership with farmers. The idea first took hold in the US at two New England farms, Indian Line Farm in Massachusetts and Temple-Wilton Community Farm in New Hampshire, in 1986. Influenced by the ideas of Austrian philosopher Rudolph Steiner, these pioneer farms were cooperative in nature, formed by shareholders who managed the farms and the hired farm manager. The number of CSAs has taken off, growing from around 60 in 1990 to the thousands of farms in existence today. For more on the CSA movement, visit the Robin Van En CSA Center at Wilson College.
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