[Market-farming] How many CSA shares per acre?
pech9 at rocketmail.com
Mon Aug 26 16:25:19 EDT 2013
I'm doing 70 on on 2.5 acres.....I only sell to restaurants if I have any extra after the CSA gets their share...I feel I could get this up to 80 or 85 on the same space if I had any regular labor..
From: stonecirclefarm tds.net <stonecirclefarm at tds.net>
To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, August 26, 2013 4:11 PM
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] How many CSA shares per acre?
20 to 40 is a realistic range with 30 being a reasonable nationwide average. However, nailing down a figure for CSA members per acre is complicated by the fact that so many farms that do CSA also do some farmers' markets and sales to stores and restaurants. Another factor to consider is whether you are going to be including space-hogging crops sweet corn and pumpkins in your CSA shares. -John
On Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 2:39 PM, quarter acre farm <quarteracre.sonoma at gmail.com> wrote:
How many CSA shares can 1 acre provide?
>I'm trying to figure out for future expansion plans.
>Right now I'm growing on 1/2 acre and I have a 10 member 25 week CSA with 2 sizes of shares a $20 Couple Share and $26 Family Share.
>I also sell at 1 farmers market and to 2 restaurants.
>I'm looking to increase to 1 acre and drop the farmers market, so I'm trying to figure out how many shares I could do then.
>My original assumption was 20 members to an acre but I have been hearing from other farmers that its more???
>Thanks in advance for all your words of wisdom,
>Quarter Acre Farm
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