Community supported agriculture (CSA), wherein producers and consumers establish seasonal partnerships, provides a compelling alternative for agricultural production and distribution. In this project, which builds from a previous Northeast SARE funded project, we focused on strengthening the support infrastructure for CSA farmers and promoting the CSA model. We improved and expanded services at the Robyn Van En Center for CSA Resources at Wilson College in Pennsylvania, strengthened links with regional and national CSA support efforts, conducted a research study, and held a conference that drew 350 farmers and other CSA supporters. We focused outreach on new farmers and the public. We revised and implemented the national CSA farm census for 2001 and analyzed and reported on the 1999 CSA farm census.
Please note that this project proposal was approved before the outcomes approach was institutionalized by Northeast SARE. The objectives of this project were to:
Improve and expand regional support services to reach new users;
Promote the development of new CSA farmers through a regional conference;
Lead and manage national data management and research initiatives;
Sponsor a regional research project on priority CSA topics; and
Take final steps toward sustainability and self-sufficiency of the Robyn Van En Center.