The Prescott CSA started in 2000 as a Prescott College student “senior project”, and continues today serving 200 local households and supporting 15 local farms. We are a multi-farm CSA that provides our members a weekly “share” of produce from November through mid-May (and throughout the academic calendar for Prescott College student/staff/faculty)! Because the PCCSA is a cooperative CSA, meaning that we get our food from more than one farm, we are able to support several farmers around the state and in turn provide a variety of produce all winter long.
Through CSAs, the community makes a bold statement in support of sustainable, local agriculture, and the farmers receive a sense of security in their careers.
- Locally Grown; All of the food in the PCCSA comes from within 100 miles, and most within 40 miles, of Prescott. In contrast, food in the grocery store has traveled an average of 1,500 miles before reaching the eater.
- Direct Marketing; Through buying the produce directly from the farmers, our shareholders are paying less than retail prices for the freshest produce possible, and the farmers are making well over wholesale. Farmers selling through grocery chains, on the other hand, receive an average of 6 to 8 percent of the price consumers pay for packaged and processed goods.
- Conservation and Stewardship; The increased income received through direct marketing can go into cover crops, improving the life span of the soil, or simply enable the farmers to employ the labor necessary to grow crops organically.
For more information, visit us at http://www.prescott.edu/csa.