Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Per the USDA website....
Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community's farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.
In a traditional CSA model…
Members share the risks and benefits of food production with the farmer.
Members buy a share of the farm’s production before each growing season.
In return, they receive regular distributions of the farm’s bounty throughout the season.
The farmer receives advance working capital, gains financial security, earns better crop prices, and benefits from the direct marketing plan.