What is a CSA?


CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and originated in Japan in the 1960s. It caught on in Europe 10 years later, and made its way to the USA in the 1980s. The movement has truly ‘caught fire’ in the last five years or so—providing a direct link between consumers and local farmers.

The goal of the relationship is a mutually beneficial one: small farms have a way to survive and consumers get amazingly fresh, healthy food.

But the benefits reach even further into our communities by creating a bond within the CSA group and a more sustainable way of life for the community served.

Food With a Face—The Goat Lady Story.

In 1995, Ginnie, Steve and Lee Tate began the Goat Lady Dairy and a now-thriving cheesemaking business, nurturing the direct relationship between urban consumers, local farmers and the land. They saw these special relationships (Steve began calling it “food with a face”) as one of the most powerful ways to care for our environment, preserve local farmland and guarantee a thriving and sustainable local North Carolina food economy. Put another way, they believe when you change a person’s relationship with their food, you change them, and the world, forever.

In 2010, they began the Goat Lady CSA and hired Daniel Woodham as the CSA Farm Manager. Daniel produced vegetables for a small CSA for several years. He now lives on the 15-acre farm in Climax, NC, where all of the CSA organic vegetables are grown.

It’s an effort of love, passion, hard work and a dogged belief that this is the right thing to do. If you believe this, too— if you are ready to change the world— then you could be the perfect addition to our community.

The 3-legged milking stool of goals for the Goat Lady CSA:

1. Local Food

Fresh, seasonal, nutritious, delicious food produced by people you know and support. CSA Members are co-producers with the farmers.

2. Farm Education

Opportunities for families, workers, interns and guests to learn firsthand about seasonal cooking and eating, soil ecology, sustainable, non-chemical pesticide production and farm biology.

3. Community Outreach

Designing our CSA community to include families and workers of diverse economic and cultural backgrounds. Reaching out to mentor interns and beginning farmers.