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CSA boxes? CSA farmers?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 18, 2011 at 12:17 AM

Very quick question???.

I keep reading about CSA boxes and CSA farmers. I???m English and living in Australia and I???ve no idea what this is? Google assures me CSA is the ???Child Support Agency???. Fill me in!

Is it Coconut, Spinach and Avocado boxes? Or Crossfitting Strong Athletic farmers?

307c9129b8e1dd0433a3fbb16e0c4a92

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on March 18, 2011
at 09:57 AM

Thanks Dibs, I checked out the site and while I can't get this in Melbourne, VIC yet I am trying to organise it for my sister & neice in SA. Cheers!

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on March 18, 2011
at 01:02 AM

For zero carbers, "Carnivorous Steak Attack"? But in all seriousness, in addition to the most-commonly-thought-of yield of fresh and seasonal produce, a community supported agriculture share / box can include many of a farm's various products - including butchered and packaged poultry, beef, pork, lamb, etc. and even raw milks, eggs, butters, and cheeses. It all depends on which farm (and associated products) the customer is frequenting! See this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community-supported_agriculture

F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on March 18, 2011
at 12:59 AM

Thanks Rafi - sound like a great process. I hope that starts up in Australia one day...

F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on March 18, 2011
at 12:57 AM

No, it didn't come up on the first page? Thanks for the link!

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on March 18, 2011
at 12:30 AM

She's in Australia. It's on the very bottom of the first page on Google Australia and that's today. Might not have even been on the first page yesterday or whenever she looked. Placement changes all the time. It's a valid question I think.

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on March 18, 2011
at 12:29 AM

google australia must not give that as a top result since original poster said he checked google.

15e684f6f716f88c99f641098a6e06ca

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on March 18, 2011
at 12:27 AM

may be less needed as a concept in countries where profit maximizing, runaway technology / medicine, government subsidizing and enormous class divide haven't turned the food ecosystem on its head.

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15e684f6f716f88c99f641098a6e06ca

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on March 18, 2011
at 12:23 AM

Community supported agriculture. Basically consumers buying directly from local farmers usually paying up-front for a whole season's supply of veg/fruit/livestock.

Gaining popularity in America in recent years as way to get real clean food. Can be very pricey though.

15e684f6f716f88c99f641098a6e06ca

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on March 18, 2011
at 12:27 AM

may be less needed as a concept in countries where profit maximizing, runaway technology / medicine, government subsidizing and enormous class divide haven't turned the food ecosystem on its head.

F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on March 18, 2011
at 12:59 AM

Thanks Rafi - sound like a great process. I hope that starts up in Australia one day...

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307c9129b8e1dd0433a3fbb16e0c4a92

on March 18, 2011
at 08:47 AM

Hi, I checked out the CSA Australia link posted by Dibs, unfortunately they only deliver to Adelaide SA, Sydney NSW and Brisbane QLD. I'm in Melbourne VIC so I will check back in awhile to see if they expand their deliveries.

I get my veggies from AussieFarmersDirect.com.au

The regular singles/couples pack is AU$25 and its a large box of fresh fruit & veg, lasts twice as long in the fridge as the produce bought from a supermarket/grocery store and is good value for money. Family pack is $35 I think, not sure as I don't get that one but you can order online/phone and select deleivery times (weekly/fortnightly etc.) Did I mention they deliver to your door?

I know this site has a thing against blatant promtion but I have zero connection with AFD other than I get it every fortnight and I love it.

I have recently switched to the 'Organic' Couples pack for $35 a week and although the produce isn't as pretty it sure tastes just as good if not better.

AFD do milk/meat etc but I have found their meats to be a bit pricey and I prefer going to my local butcher as I know they have great quality meat/chicken (pasture raised etc.) Also, while AFD are growing, they don't yet deliver EVERYWHERE but if they wont deliver to your home try your work (they do that too). You can pick & pack if you dont want a set pack.

Hope this helps!

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on March 18, 2011
at 04:46 AM

Here's an aussie CSA! http://www.foodconnect.com.au/

307c9129b8e1dd0433a3fbb16e0c4a92

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on March 18, 2011
at 09:57 AM

Thanks Dibs, I checked out the site and while I can't get this in Melbourne, VIC yet I am trying to organise it for my sister & neice in SA. Cheers!

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D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on March 18, 2011
at 12:24 AM

As the first hit for CSA on google is community support agriculture, I assume you're familiar with the term. Local harvest can tell you all about it: http://www.localharvest.org/csa/ . Sometimes they're a good deal (you get a better price for the food); sometimes they're not. Almost always the food is fresher, more mineral rich, and supports a farmer rather than a box grocery store.

15e684f6f716f88c99f641098a6e06ca

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on March 18, 2011
at 12:29 AM

google australia must not give that as a top result since original poster said he checked google.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on March 18, 2011
at 12:30 AM

She's in Australia. It's on the very bottom of the first page on Google Australia and that's today. Might not have even been on the first page yesterday or whenever she looked. Placement changes all the time. It's a valid question I think.

F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on March 18, 2011
at 12:57 AM

No, it didn't come up on the first page? Thanks for the link!

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