Page 2 Community Supported Agriculture What is CSA? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, sometimes referred to as subscription farming. Community Supported Agriculture is a different way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from local farmers. Essentially, CSA is where a community shares a farm operation that supplies the entire community with the seasonal bounty as opposed to importing all of their goods from somewhere else and buying them in the grocery store. A group of individuals pledge to support a farm operation and whether it is an actual legal ownership or an unofficial ownership, that farm becomes the entire community’s farm. People who have invested in the farm supply the means to run the farm and in return they are given a share of the farm’s yield. CSA is not limited to just vegetables, fruits, and herbs that are in season, but often times eggs, meat, milk, baked goods, and sometimes firewood amongst other things.