RANCHO PICCOLO ORGANIC
Community supported agriculture (CSA) originated in Japan in the1960s. CSAs then began in Europe in the 1970s and in the United States in the 1980s. When they began in the U. S., CSAs were a major or sole source of organic produce in their localities. But with the advent of the national organic program (nop), the relationship between local and organic has become more and more tenuous. Large agribusiness operations in a few states now supply much of the available organic food to the rest of the country.
This "movement" provides a direct link between consumers and farmers. The goal of the CSA is to provide solutions to the problems of small farm survival, food quality, nutrition, community building, sustainability, and quality of life.
This direct marketing method benefits both the farmer and the consumer. Today your typical grocery store food travels an average of 1500 miles from the farm to the table. Your food is shipped, inventoried, possibly fresh processed and bagged or packaged in some way, consolidated, shipped again, inventoried again, distributed, inventoried again, restacked, displayed, and finally sold to you. It is no wonder that ship-ability is more important than taste to the food industry.
After all of this effort the price is driven up to the point that the farmer may only make 25% on every food dollar and is compelled to produce large mono-crops to increase volume to make ends meet, all the while increasing financial risk.