Community Supported Agriculture: A Farmer's Overview
New Jersey farmers are confronted with many challenges including high land prices, reduced farmland availability and increased production costs. In order to remain economically viable, some farmers have focused on producing high value agricultural commodities or adopting alternative marketing methods. Many farmers across New Jersey and the Northeast have focused their marketing efforts towards the increasing urban and suburban populations. One successful marketing technique is the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) system. The CSA system has similarities to road side markets and farmer’s markets, and therefore may be a practical transition to farmers with retail marketing experience.