Julia Shanks makes bookkeeping approachable for farmers with simple accounting terminology, clear charts, and farm-specific examples.
Ever since I ran a vegetable CSA in the ’90s, I’ve been interested in unusual garden plants. I look for crops that are well adapted to our northern climate, produce heavily, are easy to grow and taste wonderful.
The question for CSA farmers is not "How do I get one started?", but "How do I keep it going?," according to Jill Perry and Scott Franzblau, authors of Local Harvest: A Multifarm CSA Handbook.
“Can’t be done, huh?” That was Carol Ford and Chuck Waibel’s response when they were told they couldn’t grow vegetables in winter in windy, west central Minnesota without incurring prohibitive fuel costs.
“Northern Ontario does not possess any Class 1 soils [i.e. soils suitable for crop production], but does feature areas with Class 2 to 4 soils, which can support viable agricultural production if free of severe constraints.”
When the five of us started our farm in the fall of 2004, we decided Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) would be the core component.
Everdale Farm’s CSA is celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2008. Since we started, we’ve benefited from having a solid support from our shareholders.
The beauty of the CSA farm is that it moulds and shapes itself around the character and personalities of its farmers and sharers.
I like to think of the farmers, wildcrafters and gardeners as the canaries that never die: they just compost. These people are intertwined with crops and wild plants, and this creates an excellent observation deck for climate change.
I am a long-time community shared agriculture (CSA) member. My urban children have been growing up with a weekly trip to the farm to collect local, organic fruits and vegetables. They love sorting through the big bins of beautiful veggies to find the knobbiest potato, two-legged carrots and other ‘exotic’ produce. The benefits of CSA farming— eating seasonally and locally, encouraging the move to organic production, giving small farmers another way to stay on the land— are not on their minds as they munch a perfect apple on the way home.