Eden's Organic Garden Center

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Eden's Garden CSA Farm

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                    4710 Pioneer Rd., Balch Springs, TX 75180

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                    Just 15 mins southeast of downtown Dallas 1 block north I20 @ Seagoville Rd.


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What's Are the Real Differences Between an Actual CSA Farm Membership and the Other Options? CSA/Community Supported Agriculture Co Ops, Food or Basket "Shares",  Home Delivery Food Clubs
Shares Financial Risk with Farmer - Helping Preserve Small Family Farms Yes! Nope
100% of $ You Pay Supports the Farmer - Not a Middleman/Retail Outlet Yes! Nope
Gives farmers and growers the fairest return on their products Yes! Nope
Puts "the farmers face on food" and increases understanding of how, where, and by whom our food is grown - Connects You and Your Family with the Grower - Directly Yes! Nope
Celebrates Bounty or Lack of a Local Harvest as Nature Dictates Yes! Nope
Keeps food dollars in the local community and contributes to the maintenance and establishment of regional food production Yes! Nope
Encourages communication and cooperation among farmers Yes! Nope
Supports the biodiversity of a given area and the diversity of agriculture through the preservation of small farms producing a wide variety of crops Yes! Nope
Creates opportunity for dialogue between farmers and consumers Yes! Nope
Creates a sense of social responsibility and stewardship of local land Yes! Nope
Farmers can invest their time in doing the best job they can rather than looking for buyers Yes! Nope
A Basic Description of How CSA Generally Works    
A farmer or grower, often with the assistance of a core group, draws up a budget reflecting the production costs for the year. This includes all salaries, distribution costs, investments for seeds and tools, land payments, machinery maintenance, etc.     
The budget is then divided by the number of people for which the farm will provide and this determines the cost of each share of the harvest. One share is usually designed to provide the weekly vegetable needs for a family of four. (although your mileage may vary) Flowers, fruit, meat, honey, eggs and dairy products are also available through some CSA.    
Community members sign up and purchase their shares, either in one lump sum before the seeds are sown, or in several installments through-out the growing season/year. Production expenses are thereby guaranteed and the farmer or grower starts receiving income as soon as work begins.    
In return for their investment, CSA members receive fresh, locally-grown, typically organic produce once a week from late spring through early fall, and occasionally throughout the winter in northern climates and year-round in milder zones.     
CSA members prefer a wide variety of vegetables and herbs, which encourages integrated cropping and companion planting. These practices help reduce risk factors and give multiple benefits to the soil. Crops are planted in succession in order to provide a continuous weekly supply of mixed vegetables. As crops rotate throughout the season, weekly shares vary by size and types of produce, reflecting local growing seasons and conditions.    
CSA vary considerably as they are based on farm or garden location, agricultural practices, and specific farm and community goals and needs.     
Memberships are known to include a variety of community members including low-income families, homeless people, senior citizens, and differently-abled individuals. If provided, an extra fee typically is charged for home delivery.     
Most CSA invite members to visit the farm and welcome volunteer assistance. This encourages transparency in the farm operation. Working shares are an option in some cases, whereby a member commits to three or four hours a week to help the farm in exchange for a discount on membership cost.     
Some CSA provide produce for local restaurants, roadside stands or farmers' markets while building farm membership, or in many cases, in addition to it.


Special thanks to the contributors to this description of CSA: Robyn Van En, CSA of North America (CSANA); Liz Manes, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension; and Cathy Roth, UMass Extension Agroecology Program.    
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