The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association based in Columbus, Ohio, which was founded in 1979, is a membership-based, grassroots organization, dedicated to promoting and supporting “sustainable, ecological and healthful food systems.” This praiseworthy organization maintains an excellent Good Earth Guide that can be easily utilized to search for 50 “organic and ecological” CSA farms in Ohio. Click here to search its directory.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a growing movement in America, which has provided economic support and predictability to farmers, practicing traditional family farming, that they will be able to continue to farm, and that communities will be able to enjoy fresh, local farm products. Partnering with local farms by purchasing a “share” in the season’s harvest, consumers can know where their food is coming from and have the satisfaction of supporting local agriculture.
Participants, who purchase their shares early in the season, provide the farmer with a stable income, and in return they receive a weekly supply of fresh local farm products. This concept of Community Supported Agriculture was introduced into the United States in 1985 by Robyn Van En, who farmed in South Egremont, Massachusetts. She learned of the concept from a Swiss friend, Jan Vander Tuin, and within 4 years her farm’s original membership of 30 shares grew to 150.
Wilson College in Chambersberg, Pennsylvania has established the Robyn Van En Center in honor of Ms. Van En who died in 1997.
Bath (Summit County)
Crown Point Ecology Center CSA [Amy Cook]
3220 Ira Road
Eaton (Treble County)
Boulder Belt Eco-Farm [Lucy & Eugene Goodman]
3257 US 127 N
North Bend (Hamilton County)
Carriage House Farm [Richard Stewart & Greg Nicaise (CSA manager)]
2872 Lawrenceburg Road
Standard & reduced cost Workshare (24 total hours of work on the farm) CSA memberships
Wakeman (Huron County)
Murray Hill Farm CSA [Susan & Chuck Murray]
5761 Ferry Road
Worthington (Franklin County)
Wayward Seed Farm CSA [Adam Welly & Jaime Moore]
14950 Fladt Road