New Harmony Farm is pleased to join other farms from around the country for National CSA Sign-Up Day - today, February 28th. The day encourages food consumers to buy a share of their local farm’s harvest for the 2015 season, a buying model known as Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA. At New Harmony we call this a Harvest Share.
CSA has become an important model to support local agriculture since it was introduced to the United States in the 1980s and since grown to over 6,000 farms across the country. To join our CSA, members buy a share of our harvest in the Winter and Spring and then get an amazing selection of certifed organic, bio-nutrient rich vegetables weekly throughout the growing season. New Harmony Farm shareholders also enjoy lots of great benefits. To learn more about 7 benefits of joining our CSA on our CSA page.
CSAs are the most authentic connection between a farmer and eater available. CSA members get the freshest, high quality, seasonal local produce, but they also get a direct connection to their farmer and the CSA shareholders are truly becoming co-producers of sustainable food production. This economically critical model to farmers, especially a small and beginning farmer like like myself, allows us to grow in confidence knowing that we will have the funds early in the season to support the farm before we can earn income during harvest season.
February 28th was chosen as National CSA Sign-up Day because this day is the most popular day to sign up for CSA shares according to the 2014 CSA Farming Report. Buying a CSA share in late winter is important because farmers are making the capital investments for this year’s harvest now and the CSA model means they do not need to finance these costs with costly credit.
To encourage local food fans to buy in on National CSA Sign-Up Day, New Harmony Farm is offering a three-day promotional celebration, today through Monday, March 2nd. By joining and buying a Half or Full Share, you’ll receive a 5% credit to the Farm Stand. That means Full Share members receive $35 credit.; Half Share members receive $20, to be used at any time at our farm stand during our 2015 harvest season.
Joining our CSA harvest share is super easy on our website. Join here.