(Summer 2013 CSA)
What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship of mutual support and commitment between local farmers and community members on an annual basis benefiting the members, the farmers and others involved by the CSA. Members pre-pay their "share" of the operating costs of the farm, participating in both the risk and bounty. Members receive their "share" of the harvest each week throughout the growing season. The arrangement ensures fair compensation for the farmer, proper land stewardship, agricultural integrity, enhanced local economy and vitally nutritious products for today and future generations. The members become conscious of the real needs of the farm by their participation. CSA participants develop a real connection with their food, the farm and remain faithful under adverse circumstances.
Stone Soup Garden's Mission:
Provide a safe source of fresh vegetables for local consumers through a direct relationship between the farm source and the consumer (Community Supported Agriculture known as a CSA), by using organic growing methods and an education model.
Business Vision - Stone Soup Garden will:
1) lead in safe-to-eat vegetable agriculture
2) be a conscientious steward of the farm's resources
3) provide education in areas of growing foods, providing a balanced diet and promoting healthy living
4) make fresh farmstead vegetables available to citizens in the surrounding area
- Provide a direct and safe farm food source for the community.
- Make vegetables available and affordable to low income groups.
- Endorse healthy eating models and work with established organizations to provide education in topics of interest.
- Support small business endeavors that need a healthy source for farmstead ingredients in order to support a healthy eating lifestyle.
- Promote gardening, farm-to-table relationships and education through hands-on activities at Stone Soup Garden.