Conflict at the rural-urban interface may often be due to a lack of social connections or communication between farmers and non-farmers. Extension educators may be at a loss as to how to bring these two groups together. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), or a variation of CSA, may be one avenue for developing connections. Findings from a qualitative study of a Midwestern CSA reveal a number of ways CSA met the goals of participants while also building community among farmers and non-farmers. Extension personnel might promote CSA at the rural-urban interface to build community and support for local agriculture.
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Sharp, J., Imerman, E., & Peters, G. (2002). Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): Building Community Among Farmers and Non-Farmers. The Journal of Extension, 40(3), Article 6. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol40/iss3/6