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Penn State Extension's searchable CSA Map

Posted: January 28, 2015

Penn State Extension is in the process of compiling a list of farms that offer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares in Pennsylvania by county. This list is available in the form of a searchable Google map. Click on the map below in the upper right hand corner to expand the map. You can also access the map by clicking here. Then enter your address in the search box to find a CSA near you. When you click on a green bubble in the map, the CSA's contact information will pop up. This map will be continually updated as Penn State Extension adds more CSA's.

What is a CSA?

Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a concept designed to encourage relationships between consumers and growers and for consumers to become more knowledgeable about the way their food is grown.  A CSA involves consumers who support a farmer financially by paying for a share of the farm's production prior to each growing season. CSAs range from smaller operations with three to twenty members to larger CSAs with hundreds of members or subscribers. Some CSA's have pick-up locations at one or more spots in the community in addition to, or in lieu of pick up at the farm.

The benefit to the consumer is the opportunity to obtain fresh, local produce, meats, eggs, and more from farmers in their communities. A CSA addresses the concern that the average distance that food travels from farm to consumer in the United States is approximately 1,300 miles. Another advantage of obtaining food locally is that the money stays within the local community.

The CSA arrangement allows farmers to buy the seeds, transplants, and other things they need for the growing season, and pay their farm labor without waiting until harvest to generate revenue. Farmers can develop a long-term relationship with their members, one that may encourage members to support farmers by renewing their memberships each year.

CSA Farmers: If you would like to be added to this listing, please click here for the registration form. This form is a "fillable" PDF that can be completed and e-mailed to us. (Note: it will take a few seconds to download.)

*We are still seeking out CSA's throughout Pennsylvania to add to this listing. If you know of any CSA's that would like to be added to this list, have them contact us using the registration form or they can e-mail us at kam26@psu.edu.