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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Support Local Farming - Support access to local food directly from the farm
Sign up for Prescott College CSA today! To sign up, go to YC Grown and either follow the link at the bottom of the homepage or click on the CSA tab at the upper right of the home page. The CSA page describes the Co-op, as well as its members, their growing methods, and other important information. Pressing the green "Join the CSA" button will take you to the other site, the different types of shares, payment options, etc.
What is the CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an alternative social and economic arrangement to conventional industrial food production. CSAs have multiplied around the world since their beginning a few decades ago. Through CSAs, the community makes a bold statement in support of local, sustainable agriculture, and the farmers receive a sense of security in their careers. 'Shares' of the harvest are equally distributed among the community.
A Closer Connection to Food
This method spreads the economic risk of farming during the season among all invested members. The community gains a greater sense of responsibility and a closer connection to their food source, while the farmers receive support for the quality of life they deserve.
How it Works
In the PCCSA members sign up for a share (either full or partial), and then pick up their produce once a week. Because the PCCSA is a cooperative CSA, meaning that we get our food from more than one farm, we are able to support several farmers around the state and in turn provide a variety of produce throughout the year. Depending on the season, this includes vegetables, fruits, nuts, and honey, as well as the option to buy eggs, meat, and occasionally bread and dairy.
Local, Direct, and Fair
Locally Grown: All of the food in the PCCSA comes from within 100 miles, and most within 40 miles, of Prescott. In contrast, food in the grocery store has traveled an average of 1,500 miles before reaching the eater.
Direct Marketing: Through buying the produce directly from the farmers, our shareholders are paying less than retail prices for the freshest produce possible, and the farmers are making well over wholesale. Farmers selling through grocery chains, on the other hand, receive an average of 6 to 8 percent of the price consumers pay for packaged and processed goods.
Conservation and Stewardship: The increased income received through direct marketing can go into cover crops, improving the life span of the soil, or simply enable the farmers to employ the labor necessary to grow crops organically.
Our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share program began in 2012 and was a great success for both ... Visit site >
Frequently Asked Questions
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Sustainable Agriculture links
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CSA Contact & Location
CSA Store & Pick-Up location:
Seating area between Student Life and the Crossroads Café
Every Wednesday from October 2- December 11, 2013 from 12-2pm
Every Wednesday from February 9- May 7, 2014 from 12-2pm
For questions, call (928)-476-1217