[Market-farming] How many CSA shares per acre?

elaine granata elainegranata at msn.com
Wed Aug 28 08:48:05 EDT 2013


I have  a ¼ acre urban farm and have 20 shares.  People get 5-10 items a
week depending on the season and I still have produce to supply two grocery
stores, and 4-5 restaurants and the farm stand.

 

Elaine

Denver

 

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[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of pech
Sent: Monday, August 26, 2013 2:25 PM
To: Market Farming
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] How many CSA shares per acre?

 

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..

 

Good Luck

Have Fun

Dave Z6a

 

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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,

Andrea

 

Quarter Acre Farm <https://www.facebook.com/quarteracrefarm> 

Sonoma, CA

quarteracrefarmsonoma.com <http://quarteracrefarmsonoma.com/> 


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