MILLHEIM, PA. March 6, 2013 – The CSA Expert Exchange is an online conference co-presented by Small Farm Central and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) occurring live on March 15th, 2013 from 11am to 4pm EST. Nationwide, the conference is expected to engage between 500-1,000 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmers. The conference will be accessible via any web browser; attendees will be available to watch video of presenters, view powerpoint slides, and interact via chat to ask questions. The fee is $45 and registration is open at csafarmconference.com.
The CSA Expert Exchange will consist of four sessions, each one hour in length, focusing on the following topic areas; CSA management, member retention & maintaining a profitable CSA operation, certifications & equipment, as well as CSA member education. The featured speaker will be noted author and CSA pioneer, Elizabeth Henderson, author of Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture.
Additionally, Jody Bolluyt and Jean-Paul Courtens, farmers at Roxbury Farm (roxburyfarm.com) will detail their 1,000+ member CSA operation, as well as focus on their specialized farm equipment used in their operation and how to find the correct scale for your CSA.
At Roxbury Farm, Jody & Jean-Paul grow vegetables, herbs, and grass fed pork, lamb, and beef for over 1,000 shareholders representing over 1,200 families in four communities- Columbia County, the Capital Region, Westchester County and Manhattan – on 300 acres in Kinderhook, New York.
According to Courtens, “At Roxbury Farm, our goal is to raise vegetables with the lowest possible financial input without compromising soil health, the worker’s standard of living, and the quality of the produce. Jody and I raise 30 acre