Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an important business model for farms in the Hudson Valley. Knowing their local farmer and investing in a CSA share has gained importance with consumers as a way for them to connect more deeply to agriculture and food sourcing.
CSA is a primary distribution method for many independent farms in the Hudson Valley. Selling harvest shares upfront is an effective strategy for farmers to plan seasonal operations and build clientele. By its very definition, CSA is about building communities around local agriculture.
The Hudson Valley CSA Coalition (HV-CSAC) is a network facilitated by Glynwood of more than 60 farms (and growing!), located primarily in 10 New York counties: Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester.
Although their financial viability relies on it, owners of small- to mid-size farms are often pressed for time, expertise or resources to effectively market their shares and expand their customer base. Through a series of strategic initiatives, plans for the HV-CSAC are to collectively expand and diversify CSA memberships, support profitability of farms in this region and convert more residents into shareholders.
Outreach launches in 2017 with a new website: a searchable directory of farms selling a diverse array of products, including but not limited to vegetables, meat, eggs, herbs and flowers. This is the first of several initiatives that will mutually benefit farmers and consumers.