What’s a CSA?

Want to learn more about CSA before you commit?

We began our CSA for a lot of reasons. Primarily it was a way to live the life we have always talked about, which can be summed up in a single sentence that Richard’s father use to say as they would be preparing to go camping,

“Always leave the place cleaner than when you arrived”

It is quite simple: Vegetables, in this world of consumerism on steriods, should travel as short a distance as possible to leave the smallest carbon footprint as possible. We feel trucking carrots from California, for example, is good only for the California farmer in the short run and extremely damaging for the planet in the long run. Buying produce from local farmers provides a host of patent and latent benefits to everyone in the area.

Money spent locally tends to stay in the area longer and provides local jobs. Financially stable farms provide the “rural agricultural character” that makes New England the vacation destination for millions of Americans providing even more jobs not to mention an environment which lends itself to a more connected community.

Small farmers tend to stay away from monoculture (the production of a single crop for export), the farming practice that is most damaging to the ecology of an area and the health of its economy and people. Monoculture farming produces vast quantities of a single crop but unfortunately also brings along with it vast quantities of pesticide immunities which have brought on the necessity of GMOs.

GMOs are pest resistant strains of plants, however the vast majority of these plants are patent-protected food crops, nearly all of which, are owned by one company, Monsanto, a fact full  of problematic scenarios. One of which is the limitations of modern science to fully comprehend all of the potential negative ramifications of genetic manipulation.

With the recent state of recalls on meat and vegetables from our store shelves, the question of food safety is foremost in most consumers minds. Over the last 20 years, CSA has become a popular way for consumers to buy local seasonal food directly from a farmer.

There are no unknown middlemen. By paying for your produce upfront in the winter and springtime, you become “member” or “shareholder” of The 1780 farm’s yearly harvest. Each week during the growing season, you receive a portion of your share.

The 1780 Farm  offers a certain number of “shares” to you, the public. Typically a full share consists of a ¾ bushel of seasonal produce each week, (and a U-pick Blueberry opportunity twice a month as the berries come available) throughout the farming season, typically from the second week in June through the end of October (depending on mother nature). We will also have pork and chicken shares available. This arrangement creates several rewards for both the The 1780 Farm and you, the consumer.

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