The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement in the United States has grown to include over 1,000 farms that are linking growers and customers in unique ways. The 1999 National CSA Farm Survey provided the first comprehensive portrait of the CSA movement in the U.S. This work was updated in a second national CSA survey done in 2001. The survey results include demographics of CSA farms and farmers, land use, land tenure, business structure, core groups, and economics of CSA farms. The overall portrait of CSA that emerges from this survey is characterized by interesting patterns of uniformity-what CSA enterprises have in common-contrasted with equally interesting patterns of diversity-how they are different from each other and the rest of U.S. agriculture.
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
University of Wisconsin-Madison