Hello, Maryland farm fans! Even if you aren’t part of a family farm, that doesn’t mean you can’t participate in a CSA. Farmers markets are getting increasingly more popular, and they always rely on the support of their communities. In case you are thinking of starting a CSA later this year, here are some tips for getting started.
Build Your Budget
As with any other business venture, you’re going to need a strong budget. Getting a new CSA off the ground isn’t easy if you don’t have the money to do so. Aspiring farmers and even experienced farmers need to figure out how much they have to earn during the upcoming year to make it all worth it. That said, you don’t have to be involved in community supported agriculture just to make money – it could be your life’s passion, too. But once you know how much money is in play, you can move on.
Set Your Season Length
Seasons are hugely important for sports leagues, television shows, and farmers markets. Do you want to supply food to a weekly food truck gathering that gets together to raise money for charity? Fundraisers are always a good cause to support. So, once you know how much money you have, you have to decide on how long your season is – sowing season, growing season, and selling season.
Decide on Prices
Prices are also another huge consideration to keep in mind. Different families who take part in your CSA will be able to afford different levels of input. Even so, offer one set price. When more families buy larger shares in your project, you can extend them discounts. However, you’re going to want to be sure that this is a sustainable model to follow. Even if you don’t like math, you will need it to make sure everyone is getting the best value possible.
Life is full of changes. Running a farm, and yes, a CSA too is no different. You can change up your business model as you go, but just be sure to communicate it properly. You might have to make the season longer to reach your budget goals. Or you’re thinking about adding some products that are real money-spinners, such as eggs, dairy products, and cuts of meat. But if you are tying your CSA adventure to farmers markets or farm-to-table restaurants, you might want to look to them for profits as well.
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