Winter Guide to BC CSA’s

Posted on Friday, 8 January 2021 under Stories

women holding large box of spinach in the greenhouse

Photo courtesy Ann Wilby and Ahmed Amlani

Fill your plates this winter season with fresh, local produce. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs run all year round in BC. They are a great way to support farmers who contribute to sustainable food systems in your area.

You can find a range of produce this time of year thanks to BC’s various growing conditions. Stock up on fresh apples, kale, and cauliflower for your next meal. Search online to find a CSA that offers a pick-up location convenient for you. Alternatively, connect with growers at your local farmer’s market to find out who has incorporated CSA’s into their business model. Buying local through a CSA allows farmers to invest in guaranteed crops for the next season and gives you the opportunity to learn from local growers.

Check out our list of CSA programs across the province here.

What is a CSA?

CSA is a program where customers purchase ‘shares’ in seasonal harvests from their local farmers. This mutual commitment guarantees consumers repeated deliveries of fresh, local food, and provides farmers a source of income during a period of high expense. Farmers increase their financial and environmental resiliency by incorporating the CSA model into their business.

Read our latest farmer profile to learn more about how some farmers run their CSA’s.

FREE CSA Webinar

rows of produce growing in a greenhouse

Photo courtesy Ann Wilby and Ahmed Amlani

We are hosting a CSA focused webinar series as part of our Strengthening CSA’s program. The first of six will explore how to build on current education and language around CSA’s, and the different types of programs available. Kerry from Laughing Crow Organics and Laura from Cartwheel Farm will provide insight from their experiences with CSA programs.

Join us Tuesday, January 19th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm as we dive into how to build CSA programs for everyone.

Recently signed up for a CSA or want to share your latest bounty? Tag us online, we would love to see!