What is a CSA?
Growers and consumers sharing an agricultural venture is nothing new. The broad definition of Community Supported Agriculture is any arrangement where the grower sells directly to the consumer without the aid of a retailer. Farmer Markets, U-Picks, Co-Operatives, and Harvest Sharing are all examples of how communities support their local ag producers. Consumers like this model because they can talk to the grower, often even visit their operation, and understand exactly where their food is coming from. Farmers also enjoy this model so we can educate our clients on our product, create long-lasting relationships and maintain financial independence.
With any form of CSA, the growers and consumers share the bounty of the harvest, and some of the risk as well. Not everything is going to grow every year; that is the nature of farming. Some years you will have more peas than you know what to do with and no plums at all because of a late frost. In the spring your box may be a little light, but by fall, it will be overflowing with wonderful produce and flowers. We will always do our best to provide you with the most plentiful harvest it is possible to grow.
The array of produce in each weekly share will vary throughout the growing season, from fast-growing salad greens and herbs in spring to tomatoes and watermelons in mid-season to root vegetables, broccoli and pumpkins as fall approaches. Our aim is to provide a wide range of produce throughout the growing season. We achieve this by planting at different times while the Wisconsin weather changes. Below is a sample of the types of produce you’re likely to enjoy as the season progresses.
Typical Share Items:
Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Herbs, Summer Squash & Zucchini, Eggplant, Bell Peppers, Fennel, Beets, Chard, Onions, Kale, Basil, Cherry Tomatoes, Green Beans
Carrots, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Herbs, Lettuce Mix, Kale, Winter Squash, Napa Cabbage, Peppers, Eggplant, Broccoli, Turnips, Radishes, Potatoes, Apples
Also, by joining our email list, we will supply our members with information about what to expect in your box, reminders on when they need to be picked up, and recipe ideas on what can be done with the items you will be receiving.
Inch by Inch Organic Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program offers a direct, fun way to connect with our farm, while ensuring a steady and ever-changing supply of seasonal, local, organically grown produce. A weekly share of fresh fruits and vegetables is just the beginning of what our CSA is all about:
Membership brings a chance to connect with the farm and farmers. Know your farmer, know where your food is coming from, and know it is grown using organic principles that will keep your family safe and healthy.
CSAs provide a tangible way to understand and promote land stewardship and the seasonal cycles of produce. But they also offer a way to participate in the larger ecosystem of farming: the community that supports small-scale, local food production. In true partnership, CSA members share the risks of agriculture with farmers, ensuring that even in the event of unforeseen circumstances, farmers’ livelihood will be secure. Such risks are minimized through smart growing, including through the planting of a diversity of crops that are resilient to a range of conditions. In the spirit of our commitment to the traditions of CSAs and food coops, your membership shows we’re all — farmer and consumer — connected.
CSA Agreement- Rules of the Trade
There is an important concept woven into the C.S.A. model that takes arrangement beyond the usual commercial transaction. That is notion of shared risk. If a hail storm takes out all the peppers everyone is disappointed together, and together we cheer on summer corn and watermelons. We as C.S.A. farmers have a great responsibility to our members to service you to the best of our ability, weather permitting.
**By signing up for your Inch by Inch CSA membership, you accept the concept of shared risk with the farmers and other members for the season.
Drop Site Locations:
Black River Falls: Ho-Chunk Tribal Office, W9814 Airport Road
On-Farm: Inch by Inch Organic Farm–10897 Jancing Avenue, Sparta
Sparta: KEPS Naturals–122 S. Water Street, Mondays, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Depending on where you live, who you work for and who you get your health insurance from, you may be eligible to receive cash back on the total cost of your CSA share!
There are several Health Insurance Health Plans that are offering $100-$200 back on the cost of your CSA share, depending on your family size.
Contact your insurance provider to see if your plan includes this benefit.
Below is a short list of local insurance providers that offer rebates for signing up with a CSA Farm: