Industrialized or "modern" agricultural practices are not environmentally friendly. These practices facilitate the erosion of topsoil and the contamination of food, soil, and ground water with a host of pesticides, herbicides, and industrial fertilizers. The motivation behind these methods is simply economic survival. These methods reduce labor and cut the cost of production by using chemicals, heavy equipment and crop monocultures on a large scale. In this system, small family farms have been forced to get big or get out which has left our food production in ever fewer hands and led to the disappearance of farmlands from our communities. The farmer who wishes to farm in a more responsible manner finds that it is not economically feasible to compete with these conventional methods.
Therefore, a community of consumers must provide a new economic system for the farmer if they wish him/her to produce fresh food in a socially and ecologically responsible way. CSA provides the new economic basis for the environmentally conscious farmer. When you join CSA you are supporting people who are committed to growing the highest quality food in cooperation with nature. Joining a CSA is a genuine commitment to live in a responsible relationship with each other and with the Earth.