The CSA Solutions Hub is everything we know about CSA farming. We want to share with you,
so you can get better at what you do. Join our community of curious and successful CSA farmers.
We analyzed 305 CSA farms that use the Member Assembler software with the goal of determining what is going on in the CSA farming movement by the numbers.
We were able to gather some really interesting statistics. Download the report here.
Katherine Deumling of the website Cook With What You Have
some tips for CSA members on how to get the most out of cooking with their CSA vegetables
This article discusses some general employment considerations regarding on-farm apprenticeships, internships and other farm labor.
-by Alex McKiernan of Robinette Farms
An article on examining the way you do things on your farm to help create replicable systems to help you
be more efficient with your time, energy and other resources.
Here's a listing of 40 simple recipes to share with your members that will help your CSA shine.
Download 6 free CSA share illustrations to use or share. These graphics are available royalty free and are
great for adding to your website, newsletter, and social media.
Do your members know what kind of food program they are joined to? Share this free infographic on your
website, newsletter or on your social media sites to help your customers learn about their local food
options and the type of CSA they joined.
Your CSA’s “secret recipe” is something you
need to be able to identify and define, so you can keep doing it, protect it, indoctrinate your staff
into it, replicate it, and ensure that it is championed in every fiber of your business. Do you know
your CSA’s “secret recipe”? What drives your CSA’s core? Why do people keep coming back and
supporting your farm? If you don't yet know the answers to these questions, how do you begin to
identify the things that make your business successful and motivate you to get up every day and
grow food for people?
This is the master list of marketing tips garnered from over 10 years working in and around CSA farms.
These are not the obvious tips you have heard elsewhere: learn how to utilize bathroom stalls, happy hours and more to
grow your CSA. There are ideas for farmers of all experience levels here!
Before you decide on distribution, there are some fundamental questions to ask when you are designing your CSA program.
This article asks those questions and looks at the common CSA distribution methods.
End of season surveys can be a great way to collect valuable information and to let your members’ feel
like their voice is being heard, but crafting a quality survey can be tough. Here's a quick look at 12 tips
for effective year-end surveys and a list of suggested questions.
What do you when members do not pick up a box? When they do not make a payment? When they want special treatment?
Chris, drawing on 25 years in farming, will give you a framework for dealing with problems as well as deciding if this
is a member problem or a problem member!
A member agreement sets the stage for a successful season with a CSA member because expectations are
laid out during the sign up process, but only 73% of CSAs have one! An agreement can also protect you legally in the event that things
go sour. Even if you have a member agreement, it should be reviewed at least once per year. In this article, Lauren
lays out five tips, sample agreements from other CSA farms, and a plethora of resources!
Join the extremely active CSA Farmer Discussion group on Facebook -- 1500+ farmers strong!
An archive of the sessions from the 2014 CSA Expert Exchange "Beginning
Farmers" held March 6, 2014. Includes sessions by Dave Liker (Gorman Farm) on surviving
the early years of your CSA and Sarah Jones (Broadfork Farm) on finding and buying land for your farm.
Archive of the second day of sessions from the 2014 CSA Expert Exchange
held March 7, 2014. Includes sessions with Karla Panchow (Bossy Acres) on social media, Chris Brockel
(CSA FairShare) on building CSA coalitions, Rachel Armstrong (Farm Commons) on legal issues related to
CSA's, Pam Dawling (Twin Oaks Community) on crop planning, and Michael Kilpatrick (Kilpatrick Family Farm)
on customizable CSA's.
Retention is one of the most important metrics in your CSA program. Try a few of these tips to
supercharge your retention. Many of these tips are included in the retention webinar.
We all know member retention is important: it signals happiness with the CSA experience and makes your life
easier each Spring with less marketing muscle needed to keep CSA revenue. However, actual strategies to increase
retention are hard to come by. Simon interviewed three farms with extremely high retention rates
and extracted some of their 'secret sauce' for you to apply to your CSA!
We took photos of 47 different vegetables. These photos are available royalty free for your farm
website, newsletter, or social media. Download the full set inside!
CSA Day 2016 will be held February 26th, 2016. Visit the website to signup to receive this year's promotional materials,
add your farm's name to the CSA Day directory and learn more about the video contest that Small Farm Central is sponsoring.