Community supported agriculture is the partnership between the farmer and the consumers for the purpose of farming, and they also share the risk and reward related to the farming. This partnership may consist farming on time basis of weekly, monthly or annually. To enter the member in the community-supported agriculture, the member has to pay to the farmer before starting the production process by the farmer. This payment is used to purchase the seeds, urea and other components necessary to the production of food. Food products can be extended from vegetables to meat, fruits, egg, etc. according to the affordability of the members. All the members of the community-supported agriculture have to divide the cost related to the production of food.
Community supported agriculture works by the farmers locally. You can add more members in the community, which will distribute the cost of producing food. Farmer duty is to produce food and delivery to the member in community supported agriculture. This form of partnership provides benefit to farmers as well as members. They also share the risk related to the production of food products.
The concept of community-supported agriculture was first introduced by a group of women in Japan. They started the production of imported food items by using this phenomenon. This concept of community-supported agriculture is called Teikei in the Japanese term. Then in 1965, this group of women joined the group of the member to work on an annual basis.
This concept at the same time was developed in Europe. The farming revolution took place in the Europe of the development of this idea. Rudolph was the first in Europe who initiated is based on the concept of interdependence of living organisms. He said that all of the living organisms such as plants, animals, and human depend on each other for sustaining the life. So he developed the idea of community supported agriculture in which farmers and consumers depend on each other for the production and consumption of food. This idea then developed in America and Canada.
Benefits for the consumers
Through the community-supported agriculture, consumers can get the fresh and healthy food for their families. They can get the food products at their home just by paying the amount of production process to the farmers. They have to pay the amount initially from the start of the production process. They do not have to go to markets on a daily basis to shop for the food products. Community supported agriculture provides the farming protection to the consumers. They do not have to eat the unhealthy vegetables of the market shops.
Benefits for the farmers
Through the community-supported agriculture, farmers can also get the benefit in the form of income. They money from the members of the community supported agriculture in the starting of the production process. They estimate the cost of the farming process and get the profit from this farming process. They can minimize their cost of production and then maximize the profit regarding income.