Community Supported Agriculture

Sandra Raduenz and David Kozlowski are farmers and owners of Pinehold Gardens in Oak Creek, Wis.

Sandra Raduenz and David Kozlowski are farmers and owners of Pinehold Gardens in Oak Creek, Wis.
(Photo courtesy of Farm to Table Wisconsin)

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between a farm and a community of supporters. Prior to the start of the growing season, members of the farm purchase a share, committing to the farm for the season and helping to cover initial annual costs of the farm’s operation. In return, members receive boxes of the farm’s produce or products throughout the growing season. As an added bonus, members also gain the satisfaction of reconnecting to the land and being more knowledgeable of local food production.

“Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.”

-United States Department of Agriculture

The typical CSA season in Wisconsin begins in late May and ends in mid-October. CSA farmers offer a diverse number of share options, including extended season shares, multiple share types and sizes, and special funds and payment plans to accommodate households on a tight budget.

Pick-up sites are often located at a member’s house, local businesses, or at the farm. Most CSA boxes are accompanied by newsletters detailing farm activities, descriptions of what is in the delivery, cooking tips and recipes. Many farms also create opportunities for their members to visit the farm and participate in farm events.

The following is a list of local CSA farmers who serve the Greater Milwaukee area:

Alice’s Garden Healing Herbs, Milwaukee, WI

Amitaba Gardens, Richmond, WI

Backyard Bounty, Plymouth, WI

Benhart Farms, Lake Geneva, WI

BrynTeg Farm LLC, Oconomowoc, WI

Five Oaks Farm CSA, Oakfield, WI

Future Fruit Farm, Ridgeway, WI

Full Harvest Farm, LLC, Hartford, WI

Godsell Farm, Muskego, WI

Harvest Farm, Hartford, WI

HighCross Farm, Campbellsport, WI

High Meadow Farm, Johnson, WI

Irv’s & Shelly’s Fresh Picks, Niles, IL

JenEhr Family Farm, Sun Prairie, WI

LotFotl Community Farm, Elkhorn, WI

Marr’s Valley View Farms, Mineral Point, WI

Merle Meadows Farm, Omro, WI

Noel Farms, Fredonia, WI

Old Plank Farm, Plymouth, WI

One Guerrilla Farmer, Burlington, WI

Pampered Produce, River Hills, WI

Pinehold Gardens, Oak Creek, WI

Rare Earth Farm, Belgium, WI

Regenerative Roots, Jefferson, WI

Riverwood Produce, Kenosha, WI

Rubicon River Farm, Neosho, WI

Ruegsegger Farms, Blanchardville, WI

Scotch Hill Farm, Brodhead, WI

Springdale Farm, Plymouth, WI

Stonewall Acres, Dousman, WI

Stoney Meadow Farm, Cascade, WI

Three Brothers Farm, Oconomowoc, WI

Three Sisters Community Farm, Campbellsport, WI

Tipi Produce, Evansville, WI

Turtle Creek Gardens, Delavan, WI

Wellspring, West Bend, WI

Wholesome Harvest, Fort Atkinson, WI

Wild Ridge Farm, Fredonia, WI

Willoway Farm, Fredonia, WI

Young Farmers CSA, Milwaukee, WI