Hey Farmers! Want to join PACSAC for the 2020 season? Registration is open now.
Want more information on how to operate a CSA program? In partnership with OSU Small Farms Program, we’ve assembled resources to answer your questions. Go to this flow chart to find them.
List Serve – We host a list serve as a resource for local CSA farmers and related agriculture professionals to share information and discuss related issues. If you’re interested in joining the list contact us.
Meetings – We meet monthly from November through March. Meetings are held on area farms and often involve a farm tour, potluck lunch, and an afternoon discussion. Meeting times and locations are shared through the list serve.
CSA Messages – Through the support of an Oregon Specialty Crop Grant, the Portland Area CSA Coalition developed messages to help us better define CSA and communicate its benefits to the general public. Those messages and talking points are archived in this post.
CSA Info Cards – In addition to the messages, the Oregon Specialty Crop Grant provided the resources to create educational materials for the public. CSA Postcard is a 3×5 card that defines CSA and is formatted to be used as a postcard. CSA Info Card with Food Storage Information is a 4X6 card that provides information about CSA and includes a quick reference for food storage on the back.
Other Resources of Interest to CSA Farmers
OSU Small Farms Program provides research and education to the small farms in Oregon.
The CSA Farmer’s Nationwide Guide to Accepting SNAP/EBT Payments – Created by Zenger Farm, this guide and webinar is designed to help CSA farms accept SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) as payment for CSA shares.
Friends of Family Farmers promotes and protects socially responsible farming in Oregon through grassroots legislative advocacy, community education about agriculture, and programs that connect farmers to resources and education.
Soil and Water Conservation Districts provide information and resources to help farmers and land owners protect our soil and water resources. Oregon Association of Conservation Districts provides state-wide conservation information. In the Portland area, we are served by the EMSWCD, WMSWCD, and Clackamas County SWCD.
CSA Solutions Hub is a resource specifically for CSA farmers from Small Farm Central/Member Assembler. The Hub contains articles about marketing CSA, member retention tips, and more collected from farmers around the country. You can also connect with a national CSA Farmer Facebook page from the Hub.
ASAP CSA Resources The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project has many resources for CSA farms including design tips, systems and operations, models and strategies and more.
Food Safety & Storage is a publication created by Zenger Farm to help CSA members store and handle fresh produce. Free to use with attribution.