What Should Be Included in A Community Supported Agriculture Agreement?

Cooperatives, Agricultural and Food Law September 21, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

In a typical community supported agriculture (CSA), members pledge to help cover the anticipated costs of the farm’s production for part or all of the growing season. In return, the members receive a portion of the farm’s crops over the period of time specified in the CSA membership agreement, usually summer through early fall. The CSA model allows farmers to get needed capital at the start of the growing season while providing members with fresh locally produced fruits, herbs, meats, or vegetables. This guide provides an overview of what owners and members should include in the agreement.  The guide includes a model membership agreement that owners and members could utilize when developing their own written agreements.

The publication, Understanding A Community Supported Agriculture Agreement: What Should Be Included In A Good CSA Membership Agreement?, was authored by Paul Goeringer, Ashley Newhall, Sarah Everhart, and Wele Elangwe.

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