For those in central Virginia, I have an event at the end of the month at Culpeper Library
Location 271 Southgate Shopping Center Culpeper, VA 22701
As well as talking about my book, Sustainable Market Farming, I’ll be signing and selling copies, and answering questions. There will be CSA farmers there, and we will be marking CSA Sign-up Day which is on February 26. This year, CSA Day is about more than getting lots of CSA signups; it’s a whole day dedicated to the celebration of community-supported agriculture. You can read the report of the 2015 CSA Sign Up day here.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, which is a way of farming (usually vegetables, but other farm products too). In the original CSA model, people join the CSA and pay for a whole season’s worth of produce, sometimes split into smaller regular payments. The CSA member then receives a box or bag of vegetables and sometimes fruits, herbs, flowers, bread, eggs etc, every week throughout the harvesting season. This is a way to support farmers because they get the cash at the beginning of the season when they most need it to buy seeds and repair equipment.
These days there are many different types of CSA. CSA shares (the weekly deliveries) come in different sizes and different frequencies (weekly or biweekly) to accommodate different households. In some models, the members can choose what they want in the bag each time. Some CSAs are like buying clubs, where the members pay every month and can cancel when they like