What goes into the cost of a CSA share?
The number of shares we need to sell is based on a budget of $60,000. Our budget items include:
· Staffing: fair salaries and benefits, including housing expense for interns ($45,000)
· Capital expenses: land, equipment, tools, irrigation, etc. ($5,000)
· Operating expenses: seeds, plants, transportation and fuel, soil amendments ($10,000)
Like any farming enterprise, we have many expenses before the season begins. We want to keep share prices affordable, which means we need to sell many shares to meet the budget. The benefit is a big community that supports and encourages local food. We know the first pickup in June is a long way off, so here’s a big thank you to all who have already purchased and paid for your share!