Just as “they” did with the word “natural,” the word “green,” and the word “sustainable,” “community supported agriculture” is another linguistic meme that’s about to be corrupted or confused or perverted. Take your pick! The phrase CSA started cropping up about 25 years ago. It refers to people cutting out the middleman by directly buying shares in a small farmer’s seasonal costs for that year’s harvest, agreeing to pay up front and participate in both the harvest and the risk.
That’s not what this CSA is, however. Pay attention! It looks like grist.org did not. Remember, any official sounding name with the word “smart” in it is probably Agenda 21 inspired. Please steer clear and educate others.