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What’s ahead for CSA? Some growers worry as CSAs get ever larger

publication date: Apr 1, 2010
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Community Supported Agriculture has experienced explosive growth in recent years. Not only has the number of CSAs increased, but the size of many individual CSAs has grown as well. Whereas once a CSA typically consisted of a single small farm with a few dozen to a few hundred members, some CSAs today have thousands of members.
The growth of these super-CSAs has some small farmers worried about the competition and saddened that CSA may become less about relationships and more about marketing. They see a parallel with organic farming, which was developed by small-scale farms over decades, then adopted by big corporate farms when consumer demand for organics made it profitable. Others, though, think that giant CSAs are a natural development in the evolution of the local food movement and that big farms have as much right to use the CSA name as small ones.

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