Get a box of ultra-fresh, varied vegetables delivered to you twice a month
Garden Larder CSA Program - Coleraine/Casterton, Hamilton and Mt Gambier, Australia
My name is Rowan and I have a little market garden in Casterton, Vic (Australia). I sell my produce to many customers in Casterton and nearby towns like Coleraine and Hamilton.
I have decided to start a CSA to help with my forward planning and to start the process of developing a bigger program in the future with more land.
I specialise in heritage, rare, unusual and old-fashioned varieties of vegetables and some fruits. Some of them may be strange but when they end up in your box I will also add recipes.
My produce is fresh and tasty - and a lot better than the hard, tasteless supermarket hybrids.
Costs are very similar to or less than what you would pay in a supermarket but the food is better.
When you sign up, you dedicate yourself to being my customer for the season, thus providing me a secure market — a welcome measure of certainty in the fickle world of farming! I, in turn, dedicate myself to being your farmer, providing you with a varied, nutritious vegetable diet. I will do my very best to bring you a fresh, varied, beautiful and bountiful box each fortnight, but since our boss, Nature, provides no guarantees — we can’t offer any either. One of the premises of a Community Supported Agriculture program is that the shareholder shares, through the veggies, the farmers’ experience of nature’s mischief (and blessings).
Check out my friendly service to Casterton, Hamilton and Coleraine, and feed your family freshly picked vegetables for only $20 per box. Please note the change of box size. The $20 box is so popular that I have decided to make it my default size.
What is a CSA
CSA is short for Community Supported Agriculture. The other name for it is a Farm Share Initiative (FSI).
Subscriber gives farm money. Farm uses money to grow food. Food goes back to subscriber. Taking some of the burden of financial risk off the shoulders of the food growers is the whole point of community supported agriculture.
Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy ultra-fresh, local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.
Here are the basics: a farmer/market gardener offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. These are shares of the crops. Typically the share consists of a share of the harvest (box of vegetables, but other fresh products may be included) for the season. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week or fortnight throughout the farming season.
This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. In brief...
Advantages for farmers:
Advantages for customers:
It's a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Tens of thousands of families have joined CSAs in many countries. The government does not track CSAs, so there is no official count of how many CSAs there are in Australia
Is a CSA subscription for you?
CSA programs are not for everyone. There are two basic questions to ask yourself before you sign up:
1, Do you love to cook from scratch?
2, Do you love trying new things?
If you answer yes to both of those questions then I think you will love my CSA program.
My CSA is still new but I have been growing vegetables for many years. I have a great deal of experience and heaps of passion and I know it will be a roaring success. My interest in unusual and heirloom varieties is what sets me apart from other vegetable growers and sellers. I love to show people how they can jazz up their meals and impress their friends with vegetables that are very different but still delicious.
"Wow, great veggies and a great person to do business with." -- John B, Hamilton
"Fresh and looks great. I can't wait for it to start." -- Marian, Casterton