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The Changing Face of Community-Supported Agriculture

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Community-supported agriculture (CSA) establishes a direct connection between producers and consumers of locally grown produce. Members typically pay a seasonal fee in advance of the growing season in return for weekly shares of produce throughout the course of the growing season. This paper is based upon survey and interview data collected among members of From the Ground Up, a CSA located in Maryland. The main purpose of this paper is to answer two major research questions. “How has From the Ground Up CSA evolved?” and “Why have these changes occurred?”

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