Community Supported Agriculture
Registration for the 2013 Season is now open!
What is Community Supported Agriculture?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA, a.k.a. farm shares) embodies a unique relationship between producers and consumers, which benefits consumers, farmers, local communities and the environment. Through CSA’s, small farmers sustainably grow a diversity of food, and sell it directly to consumers in their local community. This model starkly contrasts the industrial food system in which food is grown on large, energy-intensive farms, picked before ripening, shipped thousands of miles, stored in warehouses and sold in corporate supermarkets. In a CSA, consumers, known as "shareholders" purchase a share of the anticipated harvest at the beginning of the season (between January and March). Every week during the season (June to November), shareholders receive a “share” of the produce harvested that week. While the weight and contents of each share will vary over the course of the season, reflecting seasonal variations, CSA is designed to provide a weakly blend of seasonally available fruit, salad and cooking greens, tomatoes, eggplant, carrots, potatoes and other vegetables, with quantities and varieties suitable for a household of two (Small Share) or four (Large Share). To get an idea of what is contained in each weekly share, view the Sample Large Shares, Sample Small Sharesand Sample Fall Shares for the 2013 season.
The CSA model shares the joys and risks of agriculture between producers and consumers: consumers get fresher, higher quality produce, and learn about agricultural in New England by eating what is in season and through the weekly newsletter, while at the same time accepting some of the risk of farming, including unpredictable weather, pests and other factors. Farmers are able to plan their production based on a known number of customers, and are able to use the money paid upfront to purchase seeds and other expenses at the start of the season. The CSA model benefits the local community by providing a key market to the financial viability of local farms, and by keeping money circulating with the local community. The CSA model supports an environmentally sound food system by promoting small scale, diversified production, with limited transportation and reduced packaging.
Details about the World PEAS CSA
The World PEAS CSA is a unique program that combines the produce of several small farmers, rather than sourcing from just a single farm. This makes it possible for beginning or small-scale farmers who cannot manage a CSA on their own to participate by growing just a couple of the crops in the CSA. This multi-producer model, also provides greater crop diversity for CSA shareholders.
In addition to the crops grown by farmers in the New Entry program, the World PEAS CSA also features additional crops from other local farms and orchards. This allows us to include crops that program farmers don’t grow like apples, peaches, pears and sweet-corn.
Read our 2012 Annual Report.
Registration for the World PEAS CSA begins in late December. In an effort to provide even more fresh, local produce to communities in the greater Boston area, we have extended our regular season from 18 weeks to 20 weeks. Deliveries of small and large shares will begin in the 2nd week of June and will continue through the 3rd week of October. The fall/academic share will run for 8 weeks in September and October. Click here to see our list of convenient pick-up locations. For pricing information or to register, click here.