Buying into Community Supported Agriculture: Strategies for Overcoming Income Barriers
Forbes, Cristin B.
Harmon, Alison H.
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Community-supported agriculture provides benefits to members, including improved nutrition, economic savings, increased food security, and knowledge about the source of one's food. Unfortunately, membership may seem out of reach for limited-resource consumers because a lump sum membership fee is generally required at the beginning of the season. This article examines the strategies being used by CSA farms to help potential limited-resource members overcome income barriers. Those strategies include acceptance of government food assistance, payment plans, working shares, subsidized low-income shares, low-cost shares, transportation assistance, bartering, outreach efforts, and connections to emergency food assistance.
Forbes, Cristin B., and Alison H. Harmon. “Buying into Community Supported Agriculture: Strategies for Overcoming Income Barriers.” Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition 2, no. 2–3 (April 15, 2008): 65–79. doi:10.1080/19320240801891479.