Community Supported Agriculture is a partnership of mutual commitment between a farm and a community of supporters which provides a direct link between the production and consumption of food. CSA helps to establish a sense of community and encourages land stewardship. CSA also encourages communication and cooperation among farmers as well as supporting the bio-diversity of a given area and the diversity of agriculture through the preservation of small farms producing a wide variety of crops.
Through the CSA we are able to keep food dollars of the communnity in the area and will contribute to the maintenance and sustainability of regional food production. The CSA also provides the ability to know where your food is coming from. Nearly 90% of the food that the U.S. consumes comes from out of state.
The El Rito CSA
Roots N Herbs created the first community supported agricultural program in the Rio Grande Valley of Northern New Mexico in 1997 and will continue the program again in 1998. Local residents sign-up and purchase weekly shares of food baskets in one pre season lump sum of $200. Members of the CSA will pick up their baskets every Wednesday morning at 10:00am. As the season progresses the variety of what we harvest will vary in size and types of produce available. We will be growing and offering over 100 varieties of vegetables and herbs. The program will begin on June 25th and last until September24th. We will provide the community with 12 weeks of fresh organic produce, herbs and herbal products during that period. If you are interested in the program please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.