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About Neighborhood Supported Agriculture (NSA)

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Neighborhood Supported Agriculture (NSA) is a super-local version of a CSA (or Community Supported Agriculture). CSA is a wonderful model that allows community members to direct support the farm that supplies their food. In NSA, the “farm” is a multi-plot farm, located within an urban or suburban neighborhood. Neighborhood residents donate land (typically front or back yard, though sometimes full city lots or larger plots of land are used) which is then converted into organic vegetable gardens. All of the plots are worked together by the NSA farmers. This is different from a community garden model, where one large piece of land is divided into several different garden plots, and each plot is tended to by a different individual or family.

In NSAs and CSAs, members make an upfront financial contribution to the farm at the beginning of the season. This entitles them to a “share” of what the farm produces every week during the harvest season. With the NSA model, the food travels just a few miles (or a few blocks!) from where it’s grown to where it’s eaten.

 

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