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Community Supported Agriculture


Messiah College students work in garden


Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community's farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Typically, members or "share-holders" of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer's salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm's bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production. Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests. By direct sales to community members, who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance, growers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing. (from

Selling portions of our harvest to CSA shareholders allows for greater student interaction with faculty and staff, something that resonates with the College’s self-portrayal as an institution built around community. Shareholders also have the option—and are encouraged to—participate in the planting, harvesting, and general upkeep of the garden. This opportunity is not limited to just the shareholders; volunteers are welcome at any time. For further information on shareholders or volunteering, contact us at


Here is the crop list from the 2011 season:

  • Arugula
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage (Mammoth Red Rock and Perfection Drum Head)
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots (Cosmic Purple)
  • Florence Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Kale
  • Lettuce (All lettuce mix)
  • Melons (Cantaloupe, Honeydew, and Watermelon)
  • Onions (Siskiyou Sweet)
  • Peas (Snap and Sugar)
  • Peppers (Bell and Hot)
  • Potatoes (German-Butterball, All-blue)
  • Pumpkins (New England)
  • Radishes (Black Spanish and Rudolph)
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Spring Onions/Scallions
  • Squash (Butternut, Spaghetti, Acorn, Pattypan)
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Zucchini