Q.: How does one sign up for a CSA?
— Vernay Shells, Akron
A.: A CSA (community supported agriculture) is a farm share. You will pay a farmer now to receive a share of his or her crops when they come in this summer.
Most shares cost between $300 and $600, which will get you 18 to 20 weeks of produce. Some offer meat, eggs and baked goods, and will cost more. Most farmers offer full and half shares, and can tell you how much food to expect in each.
Every CSA is different and each has different requirements. Most have a work component, so you will have to agree to spend some time over the summer working on the farm, either planting, harvesting or packing boxes.
When you contact a farm, make sure you talk with the farmer about what is involved before you sign up. Here are some websites where you will find lists of CSAs in the area to help you begin your research:
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