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Community supported agriculture

Photo: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Network UK and Canalside Community Food
Photo: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Network UK and Canalside Community Food
Photo: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Network UK and Canalside Community Food

Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. A farmer offers a certain number of "shares" (aka "memberships" or "subscriptions") to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables. Interested consumers purchase a share and in return receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.