Small Farm Central, a company that specializes in technology tools for small farm business success, has published the 2015 CSA Farming Annual Report demonstrating trends and sharing statistics in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farming. By analyzing the data from over 300 CSA farms that use their Member Assembler management software product, Small Farm Central discovered several interesting trends in 2015, including:
- CSA Membership overall grew 28% in 2015
- CSA farm income increased 16.8% from 2014 to 2015
- Average retention of CSA members was 46.1% from 2014 to 2015
- The number one item in CSA boxes is lettuce, followed by eggplant, garlic, carrots, and chard
- While the average goal value of a weekly CSA box of produce is $25.74, farms delivered a value of $47.21 per box
“CSA programs are an important driver of economic stability for small scale farmers, but little is known about the overall CSA industry. Our report shows that CSA farms are still growing in the number of families they serve and the income they generate,” Simon Huntley reported.