What is CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership of mutual commitment between a farm and a community of supporters which provides a direct link between the production and consumption of food… Becoming a member creates a responsible relationship between people and the food they eat, the land on which it is grown and those who grow it.

Members make a financial commitment and a commitment to contribute time and personal skills to the farm.  Members also receive a bag of freshly picked and washed vegetables every week. Pick-up locations are at the monastery in St. Joseph and at St. John Episcopal Church, St. Cloud (at the intersection of Roosevelt Road and Cooper Avenue), and at the St. Joseph Farmers’ Market for SNAP/EBT members.

Community supported agriculture is a new idea in farming, one that has been gaining momentum since its introduction to the United States from Europe in the mid-1980s. The CSA concept originated in the 1960s in Switzerland and Japan, where consumers and farmers shared a mission of producing safe food, selling in stable markets and building community around sustainably managed farms.  Today, there are more than 400 CSAs in the U.S.