CSAs can be very profitable

CSA school speakers

CSA school speakers

Successful Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) share basic features. Many farmers have added unique member perks. CSAs help build relationship between members and farmers through regular interaction. Customers love knowing where their food came from and how it was grown. Most CSA customers renew year after year.

Since the first CSAs began nearly 30 years ago, farmers have benefited from collecting money before the growing season. The money helps buy seeds, fertilizers and equipment at pre-season discount rates and helps lower farm debt and exposure.

Six successful farmers described their CSA programs at UConn’s CSA School in Haddam, CT.  [Read more here.]

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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