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A CSA Farmer Explains Why You Should Sign Up For A Share This Summer

By Kristin Hunt

One of the easiest ways to invest in local farms is by buying a CSA share. CSA stands for community-supported agriculture, and it allows consumers to connect directly with the people growing their vegetables. CSA subscriptions typically run through a season. You pay a fixed rate and each week, you get a box of fresh produce from a farm in your area.

Kate Edwards has been running a CSA farm outside of Iowa City for the past eight years. Wild Woods Farm manages a network of hundreds of subscribers, all of whom are welcome to visit the farm whenever they please. We spoke to Edwards about the work that goes into maintaining the system, what her customers enjoy about the CSA, and why newcomers should sign up.

The following Q&A has been edited for clarity, flow, and length.