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Brightside Farm

Brightside Farm -
Community Supported Agriculture

The following material on a Charlestown CSA was provided by the Charlestown Farm Committee. Additional (and more comprehensive) links on CSA in general are listed at the bottom of this page.

Community Supported Agriculture
The farmer and community as partners
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way to manage a farm that allows the community to become a direct partner in a local farm. Unlike traditional farms that operate in an international marketplace, a CSA farm serves only the local community. Individuals purchase an annual "share", an equal portion of the weekly produce grown at the farm. The farmer is paid out of the proceeds from the share funds, which also pay for all expenses and capital costs. The Charlestown CSA will grow organic produce crops and serve as an educational facility about food, animals, and the environment.
The plan is for the residents of the community to create a new non-profit corporation, chartered to support local farming, education, and rural recreation opportunities. The Kimberton CSA, started 13 years ago, will be our model. This CSA is the third oldest in the country and regarded nationally as an example of practical farming providing abundant, organic food. A new community has formed around this farm; residents who want local farming to remain as a way of living on the land.
The Charlestown CSA will create a legacy of preserving open space with a purpose: as a local farm growing fresh food. The CSA will create opportunities to contribute to the farm for volunteers and interns, young and old. It will become home for a local farmer, a community meeting place, and a classroom for ecologically sustainable agriculture.

Additional CSA Information -
  • What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)? - CSA is one of the possible uses of the Brightside Farm property. This is one of the best sites explaining how CSA works.
  • The Kimberton CSA - This single page describes the Community Supported Agriculture farm on Seven Stars Road in Kimberton. This CSA farm has been in operation since 1987.

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