Episode 95. CSA Beginner and CSA Veteran

In this episode, Andy Pressman, director of the National Center for Appropriate Technology’s Northeast Regional Office in Keene, New Hampshire, and a specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, talks with two farmers with differing experiences in offering Community Support Agriculture – or CSA – subscriptions to their customers.

Sam Humphrey, director of the NCAT Demonstration Farm at Piney Woods School near Jackson, Mississippi, joins in the discussion along with Christine Doherty Pressman, of the Foggy Hill Farm near Jaffrey, New Hampshire.

Christine, who is married to Andy, has nearly 20 years worth of experience with CSAs. By contrast, the most recent growing season was Sam’s first time offering a CSA.

They talk about the issues that go into a CSA – crop planning, marketing, effective harvesting strategies, qualifying to accept SNAP payments, deciding what to do with excess produce, and more.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Andy Pressman directly at andyp@ncat.org and Sam Humphrey at samh@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Community Supported Agriculture

Tips for Selling Through CSAs — Community Supported Agriculture

Urban Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Low-Income Local Food Access

Using Social Media to Grow Your Farm Business

Marketing, Business, and Risk Management

Beginning Farmer

Other Resources:

Foggy Hill Farm Facebook

Piney Woods School Facebook

NCAT SIFT Demonstration Farm Instagram

Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce to livestock, and soils to aquaculture.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find our other extensive, and free, sustainable agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at NCAT/ATTRA’s website.

You also can stay in touch with NCAT at its Facebook page.

Keep up with NCAT/ATTRA’s SIFT farm at its website.

Also check out all of NCAT’s Regional Offices’ websites and Facebook pages!

Gulf States Regional Office: Website / Facebook

Southwest Regional Office: Website / Facebook

Western Regional Office: Website / Facebook

Rocky Mountain West Regional Office: Website / Facebook

Southeast Regional Office: Website / Facebook

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