Community supported agriculture
Equiterre's CSA network lets people become partners of a local farm by pre-ordering a basket of vegetables to be delivered to the same drop-off point each week in the summer and fall.
Some farms offer winter baskets, usually once every two weeks from November to March, consisting mainly of root vegetables. Some farms also sell meat. CSAs may team up with nearby farms to offer such "extras" as eggs, berries and apples.
Growers and livestock producers are either certified organic or in the process of becoming so.
This model encourages farmers by letting them share the risks of farming with consumers, who, in turn, benefit from garden-fresh produce that is in line with their values.
This idea of a food partnership originated in 1960s Japan, where it was called Teikei ("food with the farmer's face on it"). Equiterre established its network 15 years ago to help support the development of ecological agriculture in Canada.
Want to sign up?
Please consult our list of drop-off points (French only). Contact the farmer directly to sign up.