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What is a CSA?


The soil is the life-giving substance of the planet.  Biodynamic Agri- culture not only avoids chemicals but also heals the planet by infusing the soil with nutrients and healing spiritual forces.  The Spiritual Food CSA supports Biodynamic and conscientious organic farmers, and provides exceptional quality, nurturing, healing food to its members.
   

What is a CSA and how does it work?
The CSA movement was brought to this country in 1985 by Biodynamic farmers from Europe and has grown in popularity nationwide.  It is commonly organic or Biodynamic and can range from 20 to 700 members or more.

Members of a CSA join for a season by paying upfront for a share of the weekly harvest and agreeing to pick it up at a prescribed location.  CSA involves commitment, community, and trust.  It also involves high quality nutritious and great tasting fresh food, eating local and seasonal, and developing and practicing a spirit of service.  The farmers do their best to provide a good supply of great food, the organizers keep it coming, and members get involved to make it happen.

What is the Foundation of this Spiritual Food CSA?

Ø     Healthy Soil - Saving the planet for our children and their children

Ø     Good Food – an array of vegetables supplemented by fruit, fresh herbs, dairy, grains and legumes for a comprehensive menu; all of the of the highest quality

Ø     Equitable Economics – a model for sustaining farmers, food supply and planet

Ø     Respecting Farmers – Putting our money where our mouth is to prove farming a respectable profession and to encourage young farmers

Ø     Service – Volunteering – it is in giving that we receive

Ø     Community – Establishing a strong and vital like-minded extended family


Why join a CSA?

  • You and your family will benefit from fresh, nourishing, Biodynamic and organic food which we call Sattwic (pure) or spiritual food. 
  • You will be supporting an effort to maintain the spiritual form of agriculture, following Rudolf Steiner's agricultural course, that not only provides the best quality of food concerning nutrient content and taste but also protects and heals the environment. 
  • You will be contributing to build a community that actively promotes a healthy diet and a nurturing relationship between farmers and families. 
  • With genetically manipulated food and the new watered-down organic regulations, the only sure way to insure safe food is through direct contact with a Spiritual farm. 

How does it work?
















  • The members of the CSA provide the working capital for the farmer and share the bounty and the risk of growing food in a non-commercial way (with no synthetic chemicals: pesticides, fertilizers, etc.).
  • The total amount for the year’s harvest is given in advance to the farmer. Your CSA payment covers this and also covers supplements provided from other farms for your family’s needs and transportation.
  • The food is brought weekly to Bethesda and is picked up by CSA members there or at one of the other pick up locations such as: Arlington, Washington Waldorf School or Takoma Park.  New locations can be arranged for 20 or more members.
  • Activities to build community include volunteering on pick-up day, farm visits and an active yahoo group for: recipe sharing, selling shares when you go out of town, the weekly share list and food tips and info.  Also this website has a place of trust to offer your skills and services to other members.
Other Benefits of the CSA
  • Biodynamic agriculture methods avoid chemicals that pollute land, water, air, and plant and animal life and propagates a balanced, sustainable eco-system; avoids overuse of water and fuel in farming practices; and avoids waste by composting or up-cycling just about everything.
  • Biodynamic agriculture actually heals damaged soil and brings nature and people back to health
  • The CSA farmer-to-consumer model drastically reduces packaging thereby reducing the environmental impact of producing and disposing of single-use plastic and paper
  • Local food sources reduce the transportation footprint of gas consumption and pollution (supermarket food travels an average of 1200 miles)
  • CSA builds local economies and communities which offsets globalization
  • CSA contributes to a sustainable economic system which allows conscientious farmers to stay in business and attracts young people to the profession
For specific details on the What, Where, When and How of this CSA, see the How To Join and FAQ links.
 
To learn more:
        The ABCs of CSA