Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

What is a CSA?  

Quite a few of us are farmers at heart, or if not farmers, the kind of people who like to be out in the sunshine (and rain!), or working with our hands outside, or at least we’re refreshed by our proximity to bucolic splendors.  There’s a certain delight in knowing that that enormous trailing cantaloupe vine grew from a tiny seed, or in seeing blossoms peeping from beneath the leaves where there had been none the day before, or in watching corn leaves twist and twirl in the breeze. “Ahhhh.”  We think farming is something people, especially the young, should be more aware of, more involved in.  Hence the Omnia Humanitas Community Farms.

What is a “community farm”? Many of us are familiar with the idea of a community garden. Community farms (or CSAs, “community supported agriculture”, as they are commonly called) are different from community gardens in some very important ways.

In a community garden, individuals have small plots of land for which they are responsible, in close proximity to others.  Each person decides for their plot what to plant, whether or not to use pesticides or soil amendments, how much weeding is to be done, etc. Over time, some people discover they aren’t really that interested in producing their own food, given the time and energy it requires, and let their plots run to ruin, becoming a home for noxious and invasive weeds and pests. Some prefer heirloom seeds; some prefer hybrids.  Some prefer the completely organic approach (including smelly manure!) while others insist on the liberal use of an arsenal of chemicals. The result is often a hodge-podge where one plot affects others, and not necessarily in the best way!

On a CSA or community farm, the above are determined by a farm manager and the work is often done by volunteers and by interns who are interested in learning about community farming.  Those who appreciate farming and its delicious results, but have no interest in or time for the work itself, can take part by supporting the community farm by buying a share in the farm.  Buying a share of the year’s produce provides the community farm manager with the funding necessary to run the farm when it is crucially needed, at the beginning of the growing season, and fresh locally grown produce to the “shareholder” for up to 25 weeks of the year. In this way, there is a consistent approach, done by those interested in the work, and supported by those who appreciate the results.  As a result, the farm is a joy, and everyone is satisfied. Please join us.

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