What is Community Supported Agriculture?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is based on a sturdy relationship between eaters and growers that embraces the risks and rewards inherent in farming. In a CSA like Four Beat Farm, people purchase a “share” of the farm’s harvest for that season. These CSA members, as they are called, make this financial commitment early on, when farmers are planning production and expenses are high, and receive payment throughout the summer and autumn months in the form of farm-grown produce.
This community support allows the farmer to put their energy into growing an abundance of nutritious food knowing that there are household fridges just waiting to be filled. CSA members trust their farmer to provide to the best of their abilities and a CSA farmer relies on members to be appreciative, understanding, and supportive through thick and thin. In a year of drought, CSA members may enjoy an abundance tomato salads with few heads of lettuce to be seen.
By putting money directly into the hands of your local farmer, you as a consumer are having a voice in your local food system, the future of farmland, and the health of your community.
Plus, we farmers tend to think it tastes pretty good too!
For 2018, we are now welcoming new and returning CSA members to sign up for a share of the harvest that can be picked up in North Vancouver or Squamish throughout the growing season. We also have Pemberton market boxes that are picked up weekly at the farmers’ market.