Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA)
How does a CSA work?
A CSA, or Community-Supported Agriculture program, is essentially a food network system that allows local cconsumers to become more connected with the production of their food. The concept of a CSA is simple: before the start of the growing season, participants purchase a share of the upcoming year’s harvest. These “members,” or “share holders,” are then entitled to their pre-paid portion of the farm’s harvest—it becomes their own, personal share. This early infusion of much needed cash during the early planting season, helps provide farmers with working capital they need to make investments in their farms.
For Agriberry, this investment helps provide for new plantings, trellis and irrigation systems, and funding for the Farm's Young Worker Training Program. Our members then visit their choice of one of our 7 designated pick-up locations each week for their share of the harvest. Our CSA season runs for 20 weeks, starting in early May with the ripening of our strawberries, and ending in mid-September. Specific start dates for each season are emailed to members as the first fruit of the season ripens.
To learn the details and pricing of the Richmond Area CSA, please click here for our 2013 CSA Application Form.
For the Williamsburg, Virginia 2013 Agriberry CSA Application, please click here.
For the Annapolis, Maryland 2013 Agriberry CSA Application, please click here.
Why should I join?
The benefits of joining our CSA are clear. Members have the exclusive ability to:
What fruit and berries may be included in my share?
Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas,
Asparagus, Blueberries, Cherries,
Raspberries: Red, Purple, and Black,
Blackberries, Blueberries, Peaches, Apples
Melons, Pears, Rhubarb, and Nectarines
The preceding list is not a comprehensive one; members are not guaranteed to receive all of the aforementioned produce. It is intended to give you an idea about what could be coming, based on ideal weather and harvest conditions. Periodic updates via email or the Agriberry Facebook page will be provided throughout the season describing current crop conditions. In order to offer members the best variety, some of the items in the shares are sourced from regional farmers whom we personally know and trust. If we trust them, you can too!