Victor’s Farmshares is a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) service located in Ridgeville, Ontario (not too far from the city of Pelham). “Shareholders” pay a fixed rate to receive a weekly bushel of fresh, locally-grown produce. Victor’s Farmshares begins each year in late May or early June and runs weekly for eighteen weeks.
Benefits for the shareholder:
- Eating high quality, fresh, local produce at a fair price
- Knowing the origin of your food — the farm, the farmer, and the farmer’s growing practices
- Eating adventures! Discover new and delicious foods (and recipes)!
Benefits for the farmer:
- A guaranteed market for our produce
- A reliable income in the early growing season, when it is most needed
- Shared risks of farming for income
- Building relationships with customers
What is CSA?
Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) is a system of growing and distributing produce that restores the link between the farmer and city dweller. Successful in Japan and Western Europe since 1965, CSA today operates on approximately 1000 farms in North America.
In early spring each year, local households purchase subscription “shares” of the upcoming year’s harvest from a local farm. CSA “shareholders” pay for their produce at the beginning of the growing season, providing the necessary start-up capital for farmers to purchase seeds, supplies and soil amendments, and also eliminating their reliance on expensive bank loans and helping to pay for the real cost of food.
5 Reasons to Try CSA:
- Provides local farmers with an economically viable farm business
- Consumers gain access to affordable, fresh, & local organic foods
- Consumers learn about what grows in Ontario and how to “eat seasonally”
- Strengthens the local economy and builds community
- Less transportation & packaging makes for a healthier local environment
To serve and cultivate