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Soil Association : Community supported agriculture

Community supported agriculture and buying groups

Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a relationship of mutual support between a farmer and those who eat the food they produce. It is a partnership between farmers, growers and consumers where the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are more evenly shared.

Community supported agriculture and organic buying groups provide consumers and farmers with a range of benefits. Consumers benefit by receiving fresh, healthy food, having a connection with the land where their food comes from and how it is grown, and being part of a community project. Producers receive a more secure income and a higher return for their produce. They have closer links with their local community and develop the potential to raise working capital and financial support.