The use of CSA’s as a model for producer-consumer exchange began in Japan around 1965 in response to the rise in numbers of imported goods as a way for mothers to directly support the agricultural use of arable land in their own country. This model independently developed in Europe around the ideals of thoughtful, spiritual agricultural practices discussed by Rudolf Steiner and a consumer reaction against budding large-scale industrial agriculture. Offsetting the start-up costs of seeds and supplies, families pre-paid for the portions of the coming crop, sharing the risks and rewards of the season. Finding their way to North America and presently in Atlanta, CSA structures have myriad shapes and sizes, but all support the belief that a close farmer consumer relationship promotes freshness and quality of food and combats the environmental costs of the long distances typically traveled from field to plate.
Know Your Growers
Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens
The farm is operated by Joe Reynolds and Judith Winfrey, who aspire to work and live their values of responsibility, integrity and community. Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens focuses on growing a tremendous diversity of vegetables and fruit employing soil-based agricultural practices, such as crop-rotation, cover cropping and labor-intensive hand weeding, seeding, and harvesting. All fertility and soil amendments are composed of natural sources. We believe that a direct relationship with customers and transparent growing practices are the most assured ways to preserve the safety of our food supply, community and environment. We work hard to bring you delicious, nutritious food that your family will enjoy. We are certified organic by Quality Certification Services.
As part of our strategy to build relationships and provide a delicious, diverse CSA offering each week, we partner with other local area growers. These growers are not certified organic, but maintain their farms with natural, sustainable practices. Our partners include:
Evie’s Country Garden in Waco, GA
Decimal Place Farm in Connelly, GA
The Oak Grove Farm in Franklin, GA
How does it work?
We offer two different sessions each year to cover the range of long growing season here in Georgia. The first session begins in the Spring and continues through the middle of the Summer. The second session picks up the following week in the middle of the Summer and continues through the beginning of Winter. CSA members receive the best, diverse, delicious selection of vegetables and fruit from Gaia Gardens, as well as a bi-weekly distribution of a dozen eggs and a distribution of goat cheese every four weeks. The price structure of the CSA is determined by market prices each year and may vary from year to year. We offer two CSA pick-up opportunities during the week.
What’s in a share?
It varies depending on the season, and crop production. These are some of the varieties destined for the field:
Arugula, Basil, Bush and Pole Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Endive, Fall Squash, Fennel, Field Peas, Figs, Green Garlic, Heirloom Tomatoes, Lettuce Heads, Kale, Kohl Rabi, Muscadines, Okra, Pac Choi, Potatoes, Salad Greens, Salad Radishes, Strawberries, Sweet Turnips, Sweet Onions, Sweet Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, and Watermelons.
“Find the shortest, simplest way between the earth, the hands and the mouth.”
Lanza del Vasto