[Market-farming] CSA start-up

E C GRANATA elainegranata at msn.com
Mon Nov 26 15:06:04 EST 2007


Bill:  The trade-off of the stress and demands of a CSA is the "fixed" income; and if, you can pull it off (depending on your location and where people pick up) a closer association with where their food comes from if they pick up at the farm.

Elaine
Denver
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Bill Shoemaker<mailto:wshoemak at inil.com> 
  To: Market Farming<mailto:market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org> 
  Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 10:16 AM
  Subject: Re: [Market-farming] CSA start-up


  I've found this thread interesting. It sounds like some believe the CSA 
  model is more demanding on the grower than the roadside stand or farmers 
  market model. In my area, long-established growers almost exclusively 
  operate their own stands. There are some newer growers who use the CSA model 
  or attend farmer's markets. I'd like to hear feedback on why you would use 
  the CSA model rather than farmer's markets or roadside stands. Thanks for 
  any responses.

  Bill Shoemaker, Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
  University of Illinois - St Charles Horticulture Research Center
  www.nres.uiuc.edu/faculty/directory/shoemaker_wh.html<http://www.nres.uiuc.edu/faculty/directory/shoemaker_wh.html>



  > Lu,
  >
  > Here are a few numbers that I've gathered from having worked on and
  > visited a few CSA farms:
  >
  > Southern NM - 1.5 acres, 34 week distribution, average 5lbs per full
  > share, approx. $500 per full share. Labor is the limiting factor.
  >
  > Southern CO - ? acres, 20 week distribution, ? lbs per full share,
  > includes meat and baked goods (since veggies are difficult to grow at
  > a high elevation), approx. $1000 per full share. Being near a very
  > wealthy ski resort area helps.
  >
  > Ohio - ? acres, 20 week distribution, ? lbs per full share, approx.
  > $600 per full share. Read about this one in the NY Times.
  >
  > Hope this helps!
  >
  > -Krystle
  >
  > About me - http://www.SelfmadeFarmer.com<http://www.selfmadefarmer.com/>
  > Notes/research - http://www.SelfmadeFarmer.wordpress.com<http://www.selfmadefarmer.wordpress.com/>
  >
  > On Nov 25, 2007 10:17 AM,  <frshstrt at baldwin-telecom.net<mailto:frshstrt at baldwin-telecom.net>> wrote:
  >> Hi Everyone,  I'm toying with the thought of starting a small CSA.  For
  >> those of you who do this-  I need to know how many weeks,  how much cost
  >> per share and about how much  per week in that share.  Any hints are
  >> helpful.  Thanks,  Lu in Wisconsin
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