The idea of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) developed in the 1980s here in Massachusetts. And recently farmers are realizing this is one of the best economic models in existence to support small farms.
Farm shares work this way: you pay the farmer a fixed amount of money prior to their season. The farmer uses that money to buy seeds, fix equipment, and hire employees for the growing season. Each week of the growing season (every other week for winter CSAs) you pick up a share of your farmer’s harvest. When the season starts, you’re going to get fewer items since there is a more limited selection of crops available, but your box will grow significantly as we get to peak season. Overall CSA customers get 125-150% more value than what they’d get at the grocery store.
At Clover, we started thinking about this a few years ago. What if we could make this whole process better? You learn about farms in a comfortable retail environment. Our pick-up windows are long. We offer online signup and payment. We also have an event that’ll allow you to meet your farmers. Shares will be offered first come first serve, and we expect all shares to sell out.
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