Abbreviation for Community Supported Agriculture, a system in which consumers support a local farm by paying in
advance for agricultural products. This reduces the financial risks for the
farmer because the costs of seeds and planting crops are covered in advance by
consumers. Throughout the growing season, CSA members receive a portion of the
farm’s harvest each week. Members share the financial risks and the bounty of
the harvest — if it is a successful growing season, they receive a lot of
food; if there are fewer crops, they receive less. Members are also encouraged
to visit the farm and some even volunteer there.