What’s a CSA?

The use of CSA’s as a model for producer-consumer exchange began independently in Japan and Europe during the twentieth century in response to globalization and increasingly large-scale industrial agriculture.  Offsetting the start-up costs of seeds and supplies, families pre-paid for the portions of the coming crop, sharing the risks and rewards of the season.  In Atlanta today, CSA structures have myriad shapes and sizes, but all support the belief that a close farmer-consumer relationship promotes freshness and quality of food and combats the environmental costs of the long distances typically traveled from field to plate.  Our CSA seeks to facilitate a close relationship with our members, while providing a weekly share of the freshest and best food from our seasonal harvests.

Know Your Growers

Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens

The farm is operated by Joe and Judith as they aspire to work and live their values of responsibility, integrity and community.  Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens focuses on growing a tremendous diversity of vegetables and fruit employing soil-based agricultural practices, such as crop-rotation, cover cropping and labor-intensive, but delightfully rewarding, hand weeding, seeding, and harvesting.   We work hard to grow delicious, nutritious food that your family will enjoy.  We are certified organic by Quality Certification Services.

As part of our strategy to build farm-to-farm relationships and provide a delicious, diverse CSA offering each week, we partner with other local area growers.  These growers are not certified organic, but maintain their farms with natural, sustainable practices.

Our partners include:

Evie’s Country Garden in Waco, GA

Decimal Place Farm in Connelly, GA

Frolona Farm in Franklin, GA

How does it work?

We offer two different sessions each year to cover the range of our long growing season here in Georgia.  The first session begins in the Spring and continues through the middle of the Summer.  The second session runs consecutively after the first, beginning in the middle of the Summer and continues through until Thanskgiving.  CSA members receive the best, diverse, delicious selection of vegetables and fruit from Gaia Gardens, as well as a bi-weekly distribution of a dozen eggs and a distribution of goat cheese every four weeks.  The price structure of the CSA is determined by market prices each year and may vary from year to year.  We offer two CSA pick-up opportunities during the week: Wednesday afternoons on the farm and Sunday mornings in North Decatur.

What’s in a share?

It varies depending on the season, and crop production.  These are some of the varieties destined for the field:

Arugula, Basil, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Endive, Fall Radishes, Fall Squash, Fennel, Field Peas, Figs, Ginger, Garlic, Heirloom Tomatoes, Leeks, Lettuce Heads, Kale, Kohl Rabi, Melons, Muscadines, Mustard Greens, Okra, Pac Choi, Potatoes, Salad Greens, Salad Radishes, Strawberries, Sweet Turnips, Sweet Onions, Sweet Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Summer Squash, Rutabagas, Tomatoes, and Watermelons.