What is a CSA?
A Community Supported Agriculture group partners with a local farm to provide the community with fresh produce during the harvest season.
CSA members pay for a “share” of the farmer’s produce at the beginning of the season. This gives the farm a fixed income for the year, helping them stay away from volatile market prices, bad weather, and consumer trends that make budgeting difficult. With a CSA, a farmer can invest in expenses upfront, and worry less about an uncertain future. In turn, the CSA members receive freshly harvested, organic produce from a local farm.
How a CSA Works
Every CSA has a different set of rules and methods, but they all operate basically the same. Our Sunnyside/Woodside-based CSA offers several different food plans throughout the year, with summer vegetables being the big one.
All of our deliveries are sent by the farms and companies, and then sorted and distributed by member volunteers. CSA’s are not for profit, and depend entirely on volunteers to function. We ask each member to complete volunteer shifts, or take year-round volunteer positions.
Sunnyside CSA Procedures
All food pickups are at Sunnyside Community Services, on Thursdays from 5-8pm. Any food not picked up is donated to the Senior Program at SCS.
We offer a small number of shares at a reduced rate through our Subsidized Share Program.
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