What is Community Shared Agriculture (CSA)?
Also known as Community Supported Agriculture, CSA is an alternative food access and distribution method where the customer is linked directly to the farm. The customer, or CSA member, purchases “shares” in the harvest, paying at the beginning of the season and receiving a portion of the harvest over the course of the season; thus sharing in the risk and bounty of food production. If you love fresh, healthy food and appreciate our Farm Guiding Principles, you’ll love being part of our CSA!
Become a Member of Ignatius Farm CSA!
Our CSA grows over 60 types of fresh, certified organic vegetables and fruits. We sell a limited number of shares on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are not yet a member, consider joining us! Ignatius Farm CSA has adopted a novel share model where you can receive vegetables for the full growing season or shorter seasonal timelines. In addition to the various Summer share timelines, we offer Winter Shares in a biweekly format. Working Share options are available for those who wish to volunteer in exchange for their vegetables. Picking up your share at the farm is a great time to visit the farm and trails, talk to the farmers, and share recipes with other CSA members.
Consider the Ignatius Neighbourhood Farm Initiative, where fresh organic CSA shares from Ignatius Farm is delivered to new pick-up sites specifically by local community groups (neighbourhood, work, organization, etc.), that is close to where you are…very convenient. Read more about it here!
How our CSA works is described further in our Ignatius Farm Brochure
Find out more by reading the CSA Membership Details.
Ignatius Farm CSA has been providing families and area businesses with farm-fresh food since 2001. Located 1 km north of Guelph, the farm is part of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre — a place of peace committed to fostering an ecological way of life for the well-being of land and people.
Community Shared Agriculture began in the early 1960s as a response to food safety issues and the urbanization of agricultural land. Conscientious consumers who were looking for more healthy and ecologically-produced food engaged small farm operations in a mutually supportive relationship that served to benefit the consumer, grower and the environment. The resulting Community Shared/Supported Agriculture programs produced nutritious, farm-fresh food with fair and guaranteed profit margins for local growers.