CSA or Community Supportive Agriculture


Our healthy laying hens foraging on pasture
(Photo by Sofie Holt)

CSA or Community Supportive Agriculture

What is CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supportive Agriculture. It is a collaborating system between the farmers and their community. Farmers share the risks and the rewards of their yield by offering memberships. The idea is to minimise the impact of fertility problems and variations in sizes of carcass throughout the year (when it is about meat production) or climate issues (when it is an orchard or a market garden). It also guarantees a great quality of produce to the members for a fair price. All parts of the animals are used, avoiding waste, and the members get to know and cook cuts they’ve probably never heard before. It’s the same with fruits and veggies: members get seasonal produce, sometimes discover heirloom varieties they didn’t know existed, and have to preserve some of it when it comes in abundance for the times it’s not in season anymore. This sharing system provides to the members a direct connection to the farm and a better understanding of the food production.

CSA has been created in Japan in the 1970’s and follow the 10 principles of Teikei, which are:
1 – principle of mutual assistance
2 – principle of intended production
3 – principle of accepting the produce
4 – principle of mutual concession in the price decision
5 – principle of deepening friendly relationships
6 – principle of self-distribution
7 – principle of democratic management
8 – principle of learning among each group
9 – principle of maintaining the appropriate group scale
10 – principle of steady development

Why CSA?

Becoming a CSA member at Abundance Farm means that you will be delivered our farm produce monthly, directly to your home. You will also receive prior notice and discounts for any limited farm produce and special events or workshops organised at the farm. You will be invited once a year to our annual ‘members only farm day’ where you’ll get the opportunity to give us feedback, meet our feathery and furry friends, visit the farm and share a feast together.

Being a CSA member also means that you choose to support regenerative farming practices and animal welfare and that we, farmers, are directly accountable to our consumers. CSA allows the reduction of our carbon footprint by sequestering carbon with diversified farming systems as well as delivering farm produce locally. CSA provides with very appreciated regular income to growers, increasing their quality of life, earning a living from their work. CSA helps to give back food sovereignty to farmers and consumers instead of agrobusiness corporations. Finally, CSA encourages and supports emergent farmers like us.

How CSA works?

Share size

We propose two sizes of shares according to the size of your household:

- The Small Abundance Share is recommended for a household of 2 or 3 people a month and represents roughly 1/3 steer a year. It consists in an average of 4kg of pasture raised free range beef delivered monthly with 2 dozen of our delicious pasture raised free range eggs.

- The Large Abundance Share is recommended for a household of 4 or more people a month or shared between 2 households. It represents roughly 2/3 steer a year. It consists in an average of 8kg of pasture raised free range beef delivered monthly with 4 dozen of our delicious pasture raised free range eggs.

Each box includes a range of cuts that will vary depending on availability and seasonal cuts (seasonal sausages, mince, small roast, ribs, steaks etc…). The number of kilos may vary slightly as the carcass sizes vary month to month (the steers may be bigger at the end of spring than at the end of summer for example).

Our Black Angus cattle herd is small, in accordance to the size of our property and water capacity. We’re starting this year with a very limited number of shares for households located in Victoria (Beaufort, Ballarat, Ballan, Castlemaine, Kyneton, Daylesford, Woodend and Melbourne). The number of shares will increase next year as our herd gets bigger.

Delivery

The delivery is included in the shares’ price. We deliver exclusively in some areas of Beaufort, Ballarat, Ballan, Castlemaine, Kyneton, Daylesford, Woodend and Melbourne.

All shares will be delivered monthly as 4 or 8kg boxes to your respective homes on the first Wednesday of the month.

Monthly payments are due on the Friday prior to each delivery.

Price

Both small and large shares are offered in a minimum 12-month subscription, payable monthly, bi-annually in advance, or annually in advance, with discounts for the bi-annual or annual payments.

If you’re on holidays, we can suspend your share until your return. Please give us a month’s notice.

Monthly payments are due on the Friday prior to each delivery.

Delivery is included in the CSA shares.

 

 

kg/month

$/month

$/bi-annually

$/year

Small Abundance Share (1/3 Steer)

4

$119

$679

$1,286

Large Abundance Share (2/3 Steer)

8

$238

$1,357

$2,571