In this video, we learn how Marko Anyfandakis and friends Sophie Pixius and Pit Reichert, raised over 40,000 euros to start the first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in Luxembourg, called Terra.

Terra is founded on three pillars:

  • The production of fruit and vegetables
  • Education about sustainable agriculture
  • Community-building through participation of interns and volunteers

CSA is a crop-sharing system that connects the producer and consumers within the food system more closely, by allowing the consumer to subscribe to the harvest of a certain farm or group of farms. It is an alternative socio-economic model of agriculture and food distribution that allows the producer and consumer to share the risks of farming.

In return for subscribing to a harvest, subscribers receive either a weekly or bi-weekly box of produce or other farm goods. This includes in-season fruits and vegetables and can expand to dried goods, eggs, milk, meat, and so on.

Typically, farmers try to cultivate a relationship with subscribers by sending weekly letters of what is happening on the farm, inviting them for harvest, or holding an open-farm event. Some CSAs provide for contributions of labour in lieu of a portion of subscription costs.

View the original video here.

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