Basic Formula to Create Community Supported Agriculture by Robin Van En.
Step-by-step guide to forming a CSA, including budget, harvest and
distribution information. 80 pages. $10.00 postpaid. From Indian Line
Farm, Box 57, Jugend Road, Great Barrington, MA 02130.
Community Related Agriculture. Brochure outlining the organization and
planning of Community Farms, CSAs, and Subscription Farms. 10 pages.
$1.00+ SASE. From the Bio-Dynamic Farming Association, P.O. Box 550,
Community Supported Agriculture by Robyn Van En & Cathy Roth.
University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension Publication C-212. A
basic introduction. 4 pages. $2.00. From Bulletin Center, Cottage A.
Thatcher Way, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003. U-Mass
Publication Office: 413/545-2717
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): Making the Connection by Bill
Blake et. al. Handbook for farmers, includes information about getting
started, designing CSAs, recruiting members, creating production and
harvest plans, setting share prices and legal issues. Incorporates ideas
and strategies of many successful CSAs. $31.81 (make check payable to UC
Regents). UC Cooperative Extension, Attn: CSA Handbook, 11477 E Avenue,
Auburn, CA 95603; phone (916) 889-7385.
"CSA Farm" by Hugh Lovel. Acres USA, August, 1992, pp. 35-36. The
experiences and insight of a Georgia farmer after five years of
operating a CSA.
Farms of Tomorrow: Community Supported Farms and Farm Supported
Communities, 1990, by Trauger Groh & Stephen McFadden. CSA philosophy
and practice. 176 pages. $12.00 + $2.00 postage. From the Bio-Dynamic
Farming Association, P.O. Box 550, Kimberton, PA 19442; 800-516-7797 or
The Harvest Times, P.O. Box 27, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457; 914-688-5030. A
newsletter offering assistance to CSAs with information on operations,
promotions, and organized groups. Subscription $10.00/year.
Our Field: A Manual for Community Shared Agriculture, 1994, by Tamsyn
Rowley and Chris Beeman. Community Shared Agriculture (CSA), often
called "Community Supported Agriculture" in the U.S., is described and
promoted as means for farmers to better connect with community members
and for community members to have more influence over how food is
produced. Chapters focus on beginning and marketing CSA projects, as
well as on the best agricultural practices suited to CSA. Includes
appendix of CSAs across Canada. 89 pages. Canada$15. Tamsyn Rowley,
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1
Rebirth of the Small Family Farm, 1996, by Bob and Bonnie Gregson. Tells
one family's story of beginning and operating a small, organic vegetable
farm in Washington run on community supported agriculture (CSA) model.
Provides general information about managing small-scale farms,
describing start-up requirements, crop selection, marketing strategies
and related topics. Includes resource list of periodicals and
organizations related to organic farming and CSAs. 64 pp. $9.95. IMF
Associates, P.O.Box 2542, Vashon Island, WA 98070; 206-463-9065.
Toward an Agricultural Ethic, by Bonner McAllester and illustrated by
Victoria Reed. A capsulization of a six-week long study circle to
determine the basis of an 'agricultural ethic' in Berkshire County,
Massachusetts by a small community group including local farmers,a
banker,environmental lawyer,professor of humanities and others. $1 each
or multiple copies upon request from: CSANA or UMASS/ Berkshire County
Cooperative Extension, 44 Bank Row, Pittsfield, Ma. 01201.
1996 CSA FARM NETWORK by the Northeast Organic Farming Association. This
is an 88 page directory of CSA's in the northeast, with several
informational chapters, including forming CSA's, specialty crops, core
group development, keeping people happy. Contributors include Elizabeth
Henderson, Michael Doctor, Steve Gilman, and more. This was a Sare
funded program, coordinated by Steve Gilman of NOFA NY. (Steve Gilman,
CSA Farm Network, 130 Ruckytucks Road, Stillwater, NY 12170). Copies
available from all the NOFA chapters: Send $7.50 (includes postage) to
NOFA-NJ 33 Titus Mill Rd. Pennington NJ 08534.
Maximizing Shareholder Retention in Southeastern CSAs: A step toward
long term stability. by Deborah Kane and Luanne Lohr, University of
Georgia. To request a free copy, contact: Deborah Kane, Institute of
Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602-2202. E-mail:
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