We see Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) as a partnership of mutual commitment between the farmers, a community of supporters and the land on which their food is grown. It is a new (and old) way in which those three entities are beginning to "re-relate". Instead of the farmer taking on all the initial risk to grow a larger quantity of crops for the season, the CSA invites consumers to become members of the farm family by purchasing shares in the operation.
Our members receive a weekly share of fresh, nutrient-rich, produce and if they wish, have the opportunity to participate in work and projects around the farm.
The roots of the current CSA movement can be found in the small farm progression of the 1970's in Japan and Europe. Over the last 40 years, the CSA model has evolved into many different forms but all have one common goal: to create a relationship of respect between people, the land from which their food comes and the farmers who grow it.
It is a relationship we strive to create while growing produce for our central Illinois community.