Another CSA season will begin before we know it, so it’s a perfect time to delve into a bit of its history. Organized as a reaction to increasingly centralized global food supply chains, the Community-Supported Agriculture concept can trace its roots across numerous locations both overseas and in the southern US, but the first formally recognized CSA was created right here in Massachusetts!

Shared by Nomi Sofer, the Stearns Farm CSA Board President, the following article published by the Schumacher Center for New Economics gives a great overview of how and why the modern CSA movement originated and evolved over thirty five years ago. Enjoy!