Workplace Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

What is a CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset or in regular intervals throughout the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest. once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit. Many CSAs also offer or include herbs, cut flowers, honey, eggs, dairy products and meat for an additional price. 

Why participate in a Workplace CSA?

A Workplace CSA is a model where local farms deliver their customer's share to a place of employment. This makes the Workplace CSA program a convenient and attractive way to participate in the buying of local farm goods directly from the farm. This makes the benefits of eating locally even easier to attain. 

The evidence is widespread and compelling that investing in your employees and their well-being pays dividends in terms of employee productivity, retention, and loyalty. Additional positive benefits include:

  • Employees who subscribe to a Workplace CSA instantly share something in common with their peers, allowing them to make new connections while discussing recipes, trading items with each other and sharing cooking stories.
  • Many employers have seen increased camaraderie because a Workplace CSA brings together employees from multiple departments, who otherwise interact infrequently throughout the  normal course of business. This builds a stronger and healthier organizational culture.
  • Facilitating a Workplace CSA is also a great way to show your commitment to the community, local economy, the personal health of your employees, and the environment. 

How to get started? 

Download and read the Workplace CSA Toolkit for an overview of how to set up a Workplace CSA. Check out two regional food hubs below that can help connect your employees to local food.

Check out more ways to participate in the 10% Shift at Work Campaign here

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