Robyn Van En Center

The Robyn Van En Center is a national resource center about Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) for people across the nation and around the world. The center provides outreach and works to gain publicity about CSA farms in order to benefit community farmers and communities everywhere.

Since the late Robyn Van En introduced the CSA concept in 1985, the movement has spread throughout North America. The Robyn Van En Center, based at Wilson College, maintains a national database that now includes more than 1,650 CSA farms. The center helps bring farmers and communities together, as well as provides resources for those in search of information pertaining to the CSA movement.

Wilson College also hosts a 80-share CSA program at the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living. We are farmers, students, eaters and advocates for small, local and sustainable agriculture.

Please take a moment to review our web pages and take advantage of the services offered.

Ways to contribute

  • Keeping the database up to date.
  • Contributing articles, research papers and clippings for posting and for the library.
  • Donating to RVEC to help support these valuable services.
  • Spreading the word about Community-Supported Agriculture.
  • Farmers already listed: Please check your listing to make sure it is up to date and add "additional comments" to help potential shareholders learn more about your farm.

Food for thought: if you haven't already, join a CSA farm today and eat locally grown, healthful, seasonal food purchased from a farm right in your neighborhood.

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CSA Expert Exchange


What is the CSA Expert Exchange?
Thursday, March 6 & Friday, March 7, 2014
The CSA Expert Exchange is an online conference that can be accessed with any web browser anywhere in the world.  This year's conference will feature sessions over the course of two days - you can choose to participate in them live or watch the archived version at your convenience. The 2013 CSA Expert Exchange was a great success with over 200 attendees.  We hope to gather an even larger group together this year.  We are excited about the mix of presenters we are bringing you in 2014.  We are still finalizing the schedule, but the current list of presenters and their topics are:

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Beginning Farmers
7:00pm-9:30pm EST (4:00pm-6:30pm PDT)
The first day of this year's conference will focus on issues relevant to beginning farmers and those just getting started in the world of CSA's.  There will be 2 one-hour sessions that focus on the challenges faced by those in the early stages of setting up and running a CSA.
 BEGINNER CSA PRESENTERS
- Dave Liker/Gorman Farm - Surviving Your First Five Years of CSA
- Chloe Diegel & Alex McKiernen / Robinette Farm - Finding and Purchasing Land
CSA Expert Exchange - Main Event
11:00am - 3:30pm EST (8:00am - 12:30pm PDT)
This year's main event will consist of 3 one-hour sessions with some shorter presentations in between. Sessions will deal with topics such as marketing and social media, legal issues surrounding CSA's, crop planning and CSA coalitions.

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MAIN EVENT PRESENTERS
- Karla Pankow / Bossy Acres - Social Media and Marketing For Your CSA
- Rachel Armstrong / Farm Commons - Legal Issues Related to CSA
- FairShare CSA Coalition - How CSA Coalitions Can Help Your Farm and Your Members
- Pam Dawling / Growing For Market - Closing the Crop Planning Circle
 

 

 

 

For more information on these sessions and the presenters, or to register, please go to http://csafarmconference.com/
The CSA Expert Exchange is sponsored by

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Pricing for this year's event:

$25 for access to Day One only
$55 for access to Day Two only
$70 for access to both days

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CSA Article Honest to Goodness

In the inaugural issue of her new digital-only magazine called Honest to Goodness, Amanda Brown wrote an article on the history of Community Supported Agriculture and the important role Robyn Van En played in the birth of this movement. She also explains how the CSA model has evolved and talks about some things to consider if you are thinking about joining a CSA. To view the article (with all the accompanying photographs) visit: http://issuu.com/honesttogoodness/docs/septoctfinal page 32.

To view the current issue of Honest to Goodness: honesttogoodnessmag.com

“Community Supported Agriculture: The Farm of the FutureWhat is a CSA, and what can it offer you? Fresh veggies, a fresh outlook on eating, and a fresh community of like-minded friends.”

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Contact Information

The Robyn Van En Center    

Judy Scriptunas, RVEC Program Manager

Fulton Center for Sustainable Living
Wilson College
1015 Philadelphia Avenue
Chambersburg, PA 17201
717-264-4141 ext. 3352
csacenter@wilson.edu

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