What Is CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is a program in which people can
buy weekly “shares” of harvests. There are different harvest consisting of vegetables,
fruits, meats, dairy, etc. that are in season that are organically and locally grown.
CSA members pay for their shares at the beginning of each season and receive weekly
shares throughout the season. There is an extensive base of farmers, therefore there
is a wide variety of produce. The number of varieties within your share depends on
which share is purchased. Information about individual shares can be found below under
the different types of shares. CSA Shares will be available for pickup in the Cafe
in the Center for the Sustainable Environment.
Why Participate in CSA?
There are many reasons why you should participate in CSA program including environmental
benefits, support of local economy, and health purposes.
Environmental and Sustainable Benefits: The CSA Program produce is certified organic and is chemical free. This eliminates
the risk of soil and underground water contamination because there are not artificial
fertilizers and pesticides being used. In addition, produce purchased in stores travels
an average of 1,500 miles from your home. This accounts for a large portion of carbon
emissions. Thus, participating in CSA Program reduces your environmental footprint.
Health and General Benefits of CSA: Produce that is displayed in grocery stores often times shipped before peak ripeness
along with weeks of travel time are not as fresh as that you will see in CSA. In addition
the produce in CSA is organic; therefore there you will not be ingesting chemicals
and pesticides. By participating in CSA you will also be supporting the local community
To sign up for CSA shares: Visit the Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative website.When selecting a pick-up site, choose "Lancaster-F&M."
* Please note that not all shares are available in every season.