Members buy directly from the farm or group of farms. There is no middleman.
Members respect the connection with the land upon which the CSA grows their food.
Members commit to cooperation with the community of members.
The farm provides access to high quality, fresh and preserved, healthy, nutrient-dense, local and low fossil-fuel food or fiber, filling the share primarily with produce grown on the farm or, if purchased from other farms, clearly identified as to origin.
The farmers consult with members and take their preferences into account in deciding what crops to grow.
Farmers and members commit to continuous development of mutual trust and understanding, and to solidarity and responsibility for one another as co-producers.
Shared risk: members commit to the CSA, signing a contract or agreement with the CSA and paying some part of the fee in advance.
Members support the farm through both good and poor harvests, and are flexible about accepting what the farm harvests each week.
The farm nurtures biodiversity through healthy production that is adapted to the rhythm of the seasons and is respectful of the environment, natural and cultural heritage, and that build healthy soils, restoring soil carbon, conserving water and minimizing pollution of soil, air and water.
The farm commits to using locally adapted seeds and breeds to the greatest extent possible.
The CSA commits to growing the CSA movement through increasing the number of CSAs and collaboration among them.
CSA prices reflect a fair balance between the farmers’ needs to cover costs of production and pay living wages to themselves and all farm workers so that they can live in a dignified manner, and members’ needs for food that is accessible and affordable.
CSAs seek paths to social inclusiveness to enable the less well-off to access high quality food.
It is up to each CSA farm and its community to build a model which suits them best and to mutually ensure that the CSA upholds the principles of this charter.