Robyn Van En Brochure
This tri-fold brochure defines the Robyn Van En Center and what it
offers. Includes a brief biography of Robyn Van En and defines the
concept of CSA.
This tri-fold brochure explains the CSA concept, philosophy and general
operations. Developed to provide interested parties with a first-look
description of CSA. Good handout for prospective members.
Guide to Legal Issues in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA):
The road to the membership agreement.
Guide to Legal Issues in CSA
Developed by Penn State in coordination with PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.)
#1 - Formula to Create Community Supported Agriculture
By Robyn Van En
A remembrance of Robyn, the late founder of the CSA Movement in North
America. This 80-page handbook/ start-up manual includes sample
budgets, job descriptions, community outreach tactics, bibliography, and
more. Information is dated, but extremely valuable from a historical
#2 - Building a Sustainable Business
By The Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, with The Sustainable Action Network
SAN Publishing, 2003
This 280-page manual is a business planning guide for alternative and
sustainable agriculture entrepreneurs that follows one farming family
through the planning, implementation, and evaluation process. Limited
number of copies available.
#3 - The New American Farmer
By Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program
This 160-page publication profiles 50 farmers and ranchers, who have
embraced new approaches to agriculture because of economics, concern for
the environment, or a yearning for a more traditional, satisfying
lifestyle. Limited number of copies available.
The New American Farmer, 2nd Edition, 2005, 200 pages, is available in hard copy and as a free PDF download from SARE at www.sare.org/publications/naf.htm.
#4 - The New Farmer's Market
By Vance Corum, Marcie Rozenweig, & Eric Gibson
New World Publishing, 2001
This 250-page publication offers farm-fresh ideas for producers,
managers, communities, and CSA's interested in expanding their marketing
#5 - Biodiesel Homebrew Guide
By Maria "Mark" Alovert
Everything you need to know to make your own biodiesel fuel from waste vegetable oil.
#6 - The Community Supported Agriculture Handbook
By Center for Sustainable Living, Wilson College
Back by popular demand...this 80+ page guide gives valuable information
on starting, operating or joining a successful CSA. It includes many
resources such as crop calendars and budgets, sample brochures,
newsletters and much more!
#7 - Maximizing Shareholder Retention in Southeastern CSAs: A Step
Toward Long Term Stability
This 35-page publication is a great resource for any CSA, regardless of
location, the information within can be generally applied to the CSA in
any area. One of the most sought-after resources at Robyn Van En Center
(so many copies have been requested, it was only logical to put it into
print and circulation), this publication offers priceless information
on shareholder expectations of CSA, the CSA reality for shareholder and
farmer, differences in structure and what CSAs
offer, and ways to help the CSA farmer in keeping his/her shareholder
happy and coming back to support the farm season after season. University of Georgia, 1996ng
tips and specific recipes. Also included are essays that address how
our food choices fit into our economy, the natural environment,
community, quality of life, and agricultural and social systems.
Excellent resource for providing CSA members with recipes for their
#8 - The E.F. Schumacher Society: A Trio of Essays
This 35-page packet contains three essays, replicated and compiled by
the Robyn Van En Center, titled "A New Lease on Farmland" (Susan Witt
and Jay Rossier, 1990/2001), "Local
Currencies: Catalysts for Sustainable Regional Economies" (Robert Swann
and Susan Witt, 1995/2001), and "Land: Challenge and Opportunity"
(Robert Swann and Susan Witt, 1995/2001). The essays include such
information as ways to earn a living from the land and how to do so
successfully and sustainable in ways that preserve the land for future
use in agriculture. Also included are avenues to create diverse and
stable regional economies consisting of many interrelated small,
sustainable businesses, and extremely useful information on affordable
access to land for farmers, ecologically sound land-use planning, and
preservation of traditionally used lands by and for indigenous peoples.
#9 - Community Supported Agriculture on the Urban Fringe: Case Study and Survey
By Rochelle Kelvin Metro-Farmer Networks and Rodale Institute Research Center, 1994
This 40-page publication includes a definition and history of CSA as
well as case studies on finances and risk, crop production, and
membership surveys. It also offers a survey of 11 CSA Farms on the
urban fringe, a hypothetical payment model for a cooperative CSA, and
extensive discussions on long-term viability of CSA, CSA networks, and
understanding CSA shareholders.
#10 - Community Supported Agriculture in the Mid-Atlantic Region:
Results of a Shareholder Survey
By Lydia Oberholzer
Small Farm Success Project and Future Harvest CASA, 2004.
This valuable 43-page publication offers a study approach to farmer
interviews and a shareholder satisfaction and retention surveys, with
results and discussions on the study. It also includes a CSA
Shareholder Survey Questionnaire, survey results by farm, and a
correlation matrix of results on shareholder retention traits. A great
resource for those searching for up-to-date statistics and case study
results of CSA farms and CSA shareholders!
#11 - Rebirth of the Small Family Farm
By Bob & Bonnie Gregson
IMF Associates; 65 pages
This handbook provides information on starting a successful organic farm
based on the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) concept. This
particular book was written for "non-farmers" to shed light on
unfamiliar territory to those new to the realm of alternative
agriculture. It offers details on the use of specific tools,
techniques, and how-to information, and includes models of diverse
#12 - A Farmer's Guide to the Bottom Line: A Handbook to Secure
Success & Profits on the Family-Scale Farm
By Charles Walters
Acres U.S.A. Publishers; 212 pages.
This book offers insight into the life experience of Acres U.S.A.
founder, Charles Walters as a small farmer-entrepreneur. Included are
step-by-step guides to planning and implementing business practices for
the small-scale, eco-friendly, family farm. The book provides examples
of folks who are making a living and profiting from their sustainable
farm business, while at the same time, demanding a fair price for their
labor. This book is an entertaining and educational read.
#13 - Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen's Guide to Community Supported Agriculture
Chelsea Green Publishing, 2nd edition: 2007.
A revised edition by Elizabeth Henderson with Robin Van En.
This 300-page book provides valuable insight into making Community
Supported Agriculture a viable economic model as well as an excellent
guide for farmers and food lovers alike. It provides CSA start-up
information and how to strengthen existing CSA operations.
#14 - Whole Measures: Transforming Our Vision of Success
Center for Whole Communities, 6th edition; 2007.
This 66-page guide book illustrates the creation of whole communities
and the guiding principles behind this concept. It also includes useful
info on value-based practices such as community building, land
stewardship, relationships between people and land, ecosystem
health, and much more. The concepts in this work can be applied across
many disciplines; some outlined are community developers, farmers,
conservationists, land-use planners, educators, and land trust
agencies. "Think of Whole Measures as a living document, never static,
that helps people and organizations working for land and community
transformation to better understand the role of land in shaping a
healthier, happier, more responsible American culture" (quote from book,
#15 - Micro Eco-Farming: Prospering from Backyard to Small Acreage
in Partnership with the Earth
By Barbara Berst Adams
Micro Eco-Farming is a small but mighty book that weaves personal stories with a tremendous resource on small scale farming. In 170 pages, Barbara Berst Adams shares with the average home-owner or a seasoned farmer what methods and philosophies she has seen or experienced in her research. She also shares about how this method of farming helps the earth, the plants and the animals alike. You will learn what’s, how’s and whys of micro-farming in a “can’t put it down” format.
#16 - The Locavore Way: Discover and Enjoy the Pleasure of Locally Grown Food
By Amy Cotler
Storey Publications, 2009
This is a comprehensive, easy to read guide on how to find, buy, and
cook locally grown food. Get recipes and tips for preparing many
vegetables and fruits. Find out what questions to ask to know if the
food you are buying is truly locale.
#17 - Farmer John's Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables
By Farmer John Peterson and Angelic Organics
Gibbs-Smith Publisher, 2006
Written by the manager of one of the largest CSA's
in the U.S. (Angelic Organics), this book provides vibrant and tasty
recipes as well as insight from nutrition experts, CSA
shareholders, farm laborers, and, of course, Farmer John himself. This
wonderful 360-page book hosts colorful photos, new thoughts and ideas
on farming and food production, and info on vegetables as they make
their way from seed, to field, to the table.
#18 - From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce, 3rd Edition
By the Madison Area CSA Coalition
This delightful cookbook offers 53 different vegetable and herb
sections. It includes nutritional, historical, and storage information,
as well as cooking.
#19 - Recipes from America's Small Farms: Fresh Ideas for the Season's Bounty
By Joanne Lamb Hayes and Lori Stein with Maura Webber
Villard Books, 2003
This book contains favorite recipes from farmers from CSA members all across America and several high-profile chefs, including Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill), Peter Hoffman (Savoy), Roxanne Klein (Roxanne's), and Kevin von Klause
(White Dog Cafe'). This book includes a chapter on meat, poultry,
eggs, seafood and vegetarian and vegan recipes throughout. Each chapter
provides details about history, characteristics and nutritional
qualities of specific fruits and vegetables. Cooking techniques, useful
sidebars and a glossary make this book an indispensable resource.
#20 - The New Agritourism: Hosting Community and Tourists on Your
By Barbara Berst Adams
New World Publishing, 2008
This book provides excellent guidelines for starting and growing an
agritourism enterprise on your farm. As more and more people want to
know where their food comes from, you can offer them an up close and
personal experience. The New Agritourism can help you decide what
the best option for you might be, and while each bioregion is unique,
this book can offer you ideas and resources to get started on taking
your farm beyond farming.
# 21 Sell What You Sow: The Grower's Guide to Successful Produce Marketing
By Eric Gibson
New World Publishing, 1994
A how-to look at marketing your farm’s crops to maximize profit without
minimizing your ideals. Whatever the size of your operation and however
you desire to market your produce, this book will give you the tools and
knowledge you need to run a successful business.