CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.
Community Supported Agriculture is an innovative model of running a farm whereby customers sign up as Annual Farm Members, and then the Farmer grows their food and delivers it throughout the season. There are no middle men, just a direct partnership between Farmer and Members.
This arrangement works well because the Farmer knows exactly how much food to produce for the year and has the money up front to help with cash flow when it is needed most. It also benefits the Members because they have a direct relationship with their Farmers, which means they can visit the farm, ask questions, offer feedback, and truly know where and how their food is being produced. Check out the Portland Area CSA Coalition for more info on CSAs.
While most CSAs are vegetable farms, we have applied the model to grass-fed meat. When you purchase a Share from our farm, you are paying in advance for an assortment of frozen meat that will be delivered to your home on a monthly basis for a year. Your money will be used to purchase and raise animals on the farm. They are slaughtered in the most humane way possible, and then taken to a local butcher who cuts and packages the meat. We store all the meat in our freezers and put together shares for delivery to our members on a monthly basis. You can choose to receive 10 lbs of meat each month as a Full-Size Share, or if that's too much meat, you can receive 10 lbs every other month with our Half-Size Share.