Thursday, April 8, 2010

Local Harvest: A Multifarm CSA Handbook Published by SARE

Contact: Sean McGovern:

Phone: 614/306-6422, email:

College Park, MD – Just a few years ago, community supported agriculture (CSA) enterprises were few and far between. Today, more than 2,500 thrive across the country. As CSA numbers increase, however, so does the need for innovative practices to keep them smooth running and profitable.

Written by former CSA growers and members Scott Franzblau and Jill Perry, Local Harvest: A Multifarm CSA Handbook offers clear and straightforward guidance on an innovative practice that is helping CSAs stay strong and viable over the long term: cooperative marketing.

The 130-page book details how farmers can use CSA cooperatives to best market their produce, including advice on staffing, volunteer boards, distribution, legal topics and other practical information.

The book also includes a chapter on crop selection, calculating shares and adjusting to seasonal change, as well as a series of multifarm CSA profiles from around the country. Readers can adapt the book’s sample documents to their situations, gaining practical help with planning, marketing agreements, packing standards and organizational process.

A CSA is considered a partnership between farmer and member and Local Harvest: A Multifarm CSA Handbook offers a framework for how these partnerships can work best to reduce labor costs, assure sales, and address the quality requested by CSA members.

Download Local Harvest: A Multifarm CSA Handbook for free at To order print copies ($3.99 plus $5.95 s/h) visit, call 301/374-9696 or send check or money order to SARE Outreach, PO Box 753, Waldorf, Maryland 20604-0753. (Please specify title requested when ordering by mail.) Discounts are available on orders of 10 or more. Allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. Call 301/374-9696 for more information on bulk, rush or international shipments.

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Published by SARE Outreach for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and features work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA. SARE’s mission is to advance - to the whole of American agriculture - innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education. SARE Outreach operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Maryland and the University of Vermont to develop and disseminate information about sustainable agriculture. For more information visit

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