What is a "CSA"

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What is a CSA?

A Community-supported agriculture (CSA; sometimes known as community-shared agriculture) is an alternative, 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 of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme. Often, CSAs also include herbs, cut flowers, honey, eggs, dairy products and meat, in addition to conventional produce offerings.In theory a CSA can provide any product to its members, although the majority of CSA operations tend to provide produce, fruits, and various edibles. Some CSA programs also include cut flowers and various ornamental plants as part of their weekly pickup arrangement. Some CSAs provide for contributions of labor in lieu of a portion of subscription costs.

Unique opportunity for farmers

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The unique opportunity ECSIA® affords any farmer is the ability to customize to their particular need with the ease of plug and play expansion components.

All of the components are made from FDA approved food grade materials and USDA approvable resins, positioning the farmer for compliance with future FDA and USDA rules and regulations. All at a cost that is much more economical than the pieced together, non FDA approved materials, aquaponics systems currently available in the market. ECSIA® is about water conditioning, efficiencies and profits.