Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

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 Community Supported Agriculture
Community supported agriculture consists of a partnership in which customers contract or buy shares in farm products in advance and producers commit to supply a range of products over the entire season. Customers may have the option to participate in planting, care and harvest.


  • Risk of crop failure is shared between customers and producer
  • Crop pre-sold before growing season starts – working capital is created at planting time
  • Reduced labour costs
  • Crop waste is reduced through market driven production

  • Increased management requirements due to proper crop planning and co-ordination of deliveries
  • Increased time necessary to identify and develop customer base
  • Most time spent in educating and communicating with customers
  • Poor yield years may limit customer re-subscription

Getting Into CSA
This one-day workshop provides information for producers interested in adding a community supported agriculture venture to their farm operation. The workshop was offered on November 18, 2014 in Lacombe.
Explore Local Fruit and Vegetable Production You-Tube Videos
  • Billyco Junction: William Biel shares their story of switching from a conventional hog operation to a mixed fruit and vegetable operation that includes acres of bush and berry crops, vegetables, a thriving Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program and a bed and breakfast.
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This information published to the web on November 10, 2016.
Last Reviewed/Revised on April 24, 2017.