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Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), one type of direct marketing, consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community's farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.  This page presents information and research about CSA, historical data, access to local food directories, and more.

CSA Resources for Farmers

The Growth of Community Supported Agriculture over Time
Community Supported Agriculture Statistics and Surveys

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Surveys and Reports

  1. Unraveling the CSA Number Conundrum. [] McFadden, Steven. The Call of the Land. Blog. January 9, 2012.
  2. 2009 Survey of Community Supported Agriculture Producers. [] [pdf, 24 pages] (July 2009). Analysis of survey findings on the business and marketing practices of 205 CSA farms in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
  3. CSA Across the Nation: Findings from the 1999 CSA Survey. [] [pdf, 20 pages] (2003). Provides the first comprehensive portrait of the CSA movement in the US. Findings from a 1999 national "census" survey show commonalities and diversity among CSA farms.
  4. Community Supported Agriculture Entering the 21st Century: Results from the 2001 National Survey. [] [pdf, 23 pages] (undated). Presents the results of a 2001 survey of 300 Community Supported Agriculture farms in 43 U.S. states. Continues the 1999 survey as described in the report CSA Across the Nation: Findings from the 1999 CSA Survey, above.
  5. Community Supported Agriculture in the Mid-Atlantic Region: Results of a Shareholder Survey and Farmer Interviews. [] (2004) L. Oberholtzer. Future Harvest-CASA. Research from the Small Farm Success Project.
  6. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in the Midwest United States: A Regional Characterization. [] (2005) Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
  7. Community Supported Agriculture on the Central Coast: The CSA Member Experience. [] (2003) Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), University of California.
  8. Marketing Your Organic Products. In Final Results of the 4th National Organic Farmers Survey: Sustaining Organic Farms in a Changing Organic Marketplace. [] [pdf, 106 pages] p. 48-51. (2004) Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF). Survey conducted in 2002.

USDA Local Food Directories

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Agritourism, CSAs, farms, farmers markets, food hubs, and more.

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