Insights into Community Supported
The idea behind the community supported agriculture model is simple: you get the best food directly from the hard-working people who are harvesting it. Subscribers commit to buy what producers are working hard to provide and, in turn, producers commit to sticking to their principles. What this model has meant to small producers, and what it has done to disrupt our broken food system, goes far beyond this simple agreement. For the producer, the money provided by subscribers at the beginning of the season allows them to focus on growing/fishing/ranching/foraging. It allows them to grow slowly, steadily, and with a solid plan. They don’t have to deal with some of the terrifying variables that could provoke reasons to bend their once rigid standards. Distributors, market price fluctuation, and logistics of transporting long distances can be avoided. For subscribers, they can enjoy access to wholesome and delicious food, which is grown and harvested locally. They learn how to eat seasonally, an education that reverberates through all of their other food choices. They learn how to prepare and enjoy food they might never encounter in a big grocery store. Together families are learning to appreciate what it takes to grow and harvest food.