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What is a CSA?

“A CSA reflects an innovative and resourceful strategy to connect local farmers with local consumers; develop a regional food supply and strong local economy; maintain a sense of community; encourage land stewardship; and honor the knowledge and experience of growers and producers working with small to medium farms.”

 

Why is Community-Supported Agriculture Important?

 

  • CSA encourage direct communication and cooperation among farmers and consumers.
  • CSA provide farmers and growers with a fair return on their labor.
  • CSA keep food dollars in the local community and contribute to the development and maintenance of regional food systems.
  • With a “guaranteed market” for their produce, farmers can invest their time in doing the best job they can producing food rather than marketing their products.
  • CSA support the biodiversity of a given farm and the diversity of agriculture.
  • CSA create a sense of social responsibility and stewardship of local land.
  • CSA put “the farmers face on food” and increase understanding of how, where, and by whom our food is grown.

 

~Cathy Ross, University of Massachusettes Extension Service

http://www.umassvegetable.org/food_farming_systems/csa/

 

La Semilla’s Program

La Semilla’s program offers many different levels of involvement.

 

Types: Full (3-4 person family) & Half (1-2 people)

Duration:  You can subscribe from 1 month to the entire season!

What’s Included: Fresh Organic Vegetables & Fruits.  Special Additions include Artisan Baked Bread & Local Cheese!

 

Membership Options (pesos):

*A full share is appropriate for a 3-4 person family, while a half share is appropriate for 1-2 people.

  • Entire Season (1): 5,000F / 3,300H
  • Half Season (2): 2,750F / 1,800H
  • Monthly (5): 1,250 / 800H
  • Bread Share:  Add 200/mo.
  • Local Cheese Share:  Price to be determined!
  • Individualized Plans Available: Contact to coordinate
  • Partial-Payment, Work-Exchange & Payment Plans Available: Send inquiries to [email protected]

 

*No one will be turned away… everyone eats!

 

Sample Basket (at the height of the production season)

  • Slicing Tomatoes & Cherry Tomatoes
  • Sweet Bell Pepper & Hot Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Mixed Greens such as Lettuce, Arugula, Spinach & Mesclun
  • Kale & Chard
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Onions or Leeks
  • Fresh Herbs such as Basil, Parsley, Oregano, Dill
  • Summer Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Radishes
  • String Beans
  • Sweet Peas
  • Flowers

 

For More Information on CSAs Visit:

http://www.localharvest.org/csa/

http://www.umassvegetable.org/food_farming_systems/csa/