27 March 2009

Community Supported Agriculture -- CSA

In the CSA model the customers/shareholders also serve as the source for financial capital. The model dis-intermediates the financial institution and the problems of price fluctuations in marketplace for the produce. It thus internalizes the financial function into the relationship between the producer and the consumer. By internalizing the financial function the model honors the stewardship of the storehouses of fertility in the producer and in the consumer, and so it keeps the financial institution from forcing the producers and consumers into an extractive mode of life.


  1. CSA stands for community supported agriculture. It's a type of cooperative system where shareholders in a farm's produce get weekly deliveries of their share of the farm's harvest.

  2. There's a very active and rapidly growing CSA movement in Charlottesville VA which we briefly belonged to before moving to Sweden last summer.