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Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen's Guide to Community Supported Agriculture

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To an increasing number of American families the CSA (community supported agriculture) is the answer to the globalization of our food supply. The premise is simple: create a partnership between local farmers and nearby consumers, who become members or subscribers in support of the farm. In exchange for paying in advance--at the beginning of the growing season, when the far ...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company
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Dec 07, 2008 Roger rated it really liked it
Lately I've begun to consider the morality of my purchases. Are my dollars not votes? What exactly am I voting for by buying supermarket food and electronics? It is that spirit that brought me to this book, which sells itself as a how-to guide to CSA.

I don't intend on running a CSA, but I am interested in the rationale. The book is indeed touchy-feely, but it also justifies its feelings through recognizing the difference between small and industrial farms, then making a judgment call on whether
Feb 26, 2009 Melissa rated it it was amazing
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I suppose I should have gathered this from the title, but this book isn't really geared towards the reader with a casual interest in CSA. I ended up scanning the book, rather than reading it, because this is a serious, down-to-the-last-nitty-gritty-detail guide for anyone interested in starting, running and/or heavily participating in CSA, from finding funding to obtaining organic certification--we're talking charts, graphs, the whole works. If I were looking to start my own CSA operation, I'd i ...more
Aug 18, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing
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I'm really enjoying this book so far. I just picked it up because I've been interested in CSA's the last few years. This book talks about the use of an account for CSA to allow those on foodstamps (which is now on a debit like card) to access CSA's. So, I guess I'll start searching for one that might possible accept my card. I would love to see some of my food money go somewhere better. The town we live in now is just not as supportive of an organic lifestyle.
Heather Shaw
Feb 28, 2008 Heather Shaw rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: CSA farmers, or anyone interested in learning more about growing food for communities
Shelves: agriculture
Great resource for CSA farmers or hopefuls. There's lots of good information to start with, including a wealth of data on planting and harvesting, but it's not a substitute for old-fashioned trial and error on your own terrain. Great inspirational reading for community farmers and those stuck in midwinter and dreaming of spring...
Karen Mahtin
Jun 13, 2012 Karen Mahtin rated it it was amazing
This is a great resource for those who want to do crop planning, or who want to go whole-hog and start a Community Supported Agriculture program. It was the recommended text for my Summer CSA class in 2010. Another resource book I haven't read cover-to-cover.
Jan 15, 2009 Samantha rated it really liked it
I'm very interested in the CSA philosophy so I bought the book. It's perfect for anyone considering/interested in running a CSA. I realize how much work it is!!! It will remain a part of my library for that time in my life when I take the plunge and become a farmer.
Sep 16, 2009 Wayne rated it really liked it
Great tables in here for planning how much seed will plant how many row feet, how much to include in a CSA share, etc. I recently bought this book after borrowing it from the library. I still haven't read the whole thing cover to cover, but I like what I've read.
Feb 06, 2013 Paula rated it it was amazing
Skimmed through this again about 4 years after I first read it. great information for CSAs - communities of eaters or farmers can learn a lot from what Elizabeth Henderson has compiled.
A good book for those interested in starting, buying from or just learning more about the csa concept. Well written, lots of information, but nothing works better than experience!
Jan 27, 2009 Katie rated it it was amazing
Inspiring. Has made me want to rethink the organization of my CSA.
Feb 14, 2009 Bryan rated it really liked it
Just starting to read this. A how to for starting a CSA with stories!
May 25, 2009 Amythest rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a wonderful tool for those interested in community supported agriculture! It gives a complete how-to for the small home gardener or the larger scale farmer~ wonderful ideas-history-facts and inspiration...Hopefully by next year I will have mine up and running~I would like to have it enclude veggies-fruits-berries- medicinal and kitchen herbs- fresh cut flowers-home-made salves and tinctures, tea blends,and infused oils~ and a news letter with recipes- ideas- community bartering trad ...more
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