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Thinking about signing up for a CSA but want to learn more about the idea before you commit? Read on.

For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.

Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. In brief:

Advantages for farmers:
  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow
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  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
  • Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
  • Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

It’s a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Tens of thousands of families have joined CSAs, and in some areas of the country there is more demand than there are CSA farms to fill it. The government does not track CSAs, so there is no official count of how many CSAs there are in the U.S.. LocalHarvest has the most comprehensive directory of CSA farms, with over 4,000 listed in our grassroots database.

Variations

As you might expect with such a successful model, farmers have begun to introduce variations. One increasingly common one is the “mix and match,” or “market-style” CSA. Here, rather than making up a standard box of vegetables for every member each week, the members load their own boxes with some degree of personal choice. The farmer lays out baskets of the week’s vegetables. Some farmers encourage members to take a prescribed amount of what’s available, leaving behind just what their families do not care for. Some CSA farmers then donate this extra produce to a food bank. In other CSAs, the members have wider choice to fill their box with whatever appeals to them, within certain limitations. (e.g. “Just one basket of strawberries per family, please.”)

CSAs aren’t confined to produce. Some farmers include the option for shareholders to buy shares of eggs, homemade bread, meat, cheese, fruit, flowers or other farm products along with their veggies. Sometimes several farmers will offer their products together, to offer the widest variety to their members. For example, a produce farmer might create a partnership with a neighbor to deliver chickens to the CSA drop off point, so that the CSA members can purchase farm-fresh chickens when they come to get their CSA baskets. Other farmers are creating standalone CSAs for meat, flowers, eggs, and preserved farm products. In some parts of the country, non-farming third parties are setting up CSA-like businesses, where they act as middle men and sell boxes of local (and sometimes non-local) food for their members.

Shared Risk

There is an important concept woven into the CSA model that takes the arrangement beyond the usual commercial transaction. That is the notion of shared risk: in most CSAs, members pay up front for the whole season and the farmers do their best to provide an abundant box of produce each week. If things are slim, members are not typically reimbursed. The result is a feeling of “we’re in this together”. On some farms the idea of shared risk is stronger than others, and CSA members may be asked to sign a policy form indicating that they agree to accept without complaint whatever the farm can produce.

Many times, the idea of shared risk is part of what creates a sense of community among members, and between members and the farmers. If a hailstorm takes out all the peppers, everyone is disappointed together, and together cheer on the winter squash and broccoli. Most CSA farmers feel a great sense of responsibility to their members, and when certain crops are scarce, they make sure the CSA gets served first.

Still, it is worth noting that very occasionally things go wrong on a farm – like they do in any kind of business – and the expected is not delivered, and members feel shortchanged. At LocalHarvest we are in touch with CSA farmers and members from all over the country. Every year we hear get complaints about a few CSA farms (two to six farms a year, over the last nine years) where something happened and the produce was simply unacceptable. It might have been a catastrophic divorce, or an unexpected death in the family. Or the weather was abominable, or the farmer was inexperienced and got in over his/her head.

In our experience, if the situation seems regrettable but reasonable – a bad thing that in good faith could have happened to anyone – most CSA members will rally, if they already know and trust the farmer. These people are more likely to take the long view, especially if they have received an abundance of produce in the past. They are naturally more likely to think, “It’ll be better next year,” than are new members who have nothing to which to compare a dismal experience. The take-home message is this: if the potential for “not getting your money’s worth” makes you feel anxious, then shared risk may not be for you and you should shop at the farmers market.

Sometimes we hear complaints from CSA members in situations where it appears to us that nothing really went wrong, but the member had unreasonable expectations. In the hope of minimizing disappointment and maximizing satisfaction, we’ve prepared the following tips and questions.



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Zee Business, the business news channel of the Zee Group, has increased its market share almost 100 per cent in the last one year. Launched in November 2004, it was the country s first Hindi business channel. However, it failed to make a mark. Up until one year ago, the channel lacked direction and a clear positioning. With a market share of approximately 11 per cent, it trailed CNBC, CNBC Awaaz and NDTV Profit by a huge margin.

Last summer, the channel s new business head, Raktim Das, went back to the drawing board to see how he could drive channel viewership. The problems were aplenty. We did not even know who we were talking to. However, what we knew was that business leaders like Ratan Tata or Nandan Nilkeni were not talking to us, says Das.

Step one included defining the core audience and the core positioning of the channel. Since purchasing power was growing in Tier II and III towns, it was decided to focus on small and medium enterprises of up to Rs 100 crore, especially those in the Hindi-speaking markets.

So, the spotlight turned on towns like Moradabad (for its crystal and brass exports), Agra (leather), Ludhiana (wool products and hosiery) and Jaipur (gems and jewellery). To connect with the audience in these towns, Zee Business began organising investor camps.

Zee held 30 such camps where an expert panel talked to people about their financial planning and investment needs. Simultaneously, it launched a hunt for smart investors in these towns who were meant to resolve case studies in financial planning. Selected viewers were shot with their families for an on-air show.

The exercise has been on for the last nine months and has created a huge rapport with the viewers. The grand finale of the contest is yet to be held, says Das. In another ground event, the channel organised discussions on emerging businesses in 10 cities. Result? Its viewership has risen from 11 per cent in March 2008 to 19 per cent in November to 25 per cent between January and March. Das claims Zee Business is now ahead of NDTV Profit and UTVi.



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As part of a comprehensive local marketing plan, creating at least basic listings in free local online directories is a must-do, even though it will eat up some of your valuable time. Free business listing sites increase your company s online exposure and help improve your local search ranking results in major search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo. Depending on your business, some may be more relevant than others, but you should at least work your way through the top ten, as a minimum.

1. Google This is the site where you can add your business listing to Google+ Local. Business owners can claim or add business listings, add photos and coupons, respond to customer reviews, and see statistics and analytics. As Google receives nearly 6 billion searches daily, this should be at the top of your list.

2. Yelp Yelp is arguably the Internet s most popular review site, offering consumers a chance to post longer, more in-depth reviews than many other sites. Business owners can claim or add their listings, and upload photos, coupons, and more. Yelp also powers certain content on other directories in this list. Because it s so popular as a review site, it s important that business owners respond to reviews, both positive and negative. A five-star rating on Yelp is a golden ticket.

3. Facebook America s favorite social media site, Facebook is used by over a billion people to connect with friends and family. It s important to have a business listing on Facebook so that users can refer others directly to your site. More than half of Facebook users visit every day, and the mobile app is on three out of every four smartphones.

4. Bing The Bing Business Portal allows business owners to manage local listings on Bing. Upload your logo, photos, deals, menus, and any other important information. As the second most visited search engine on the internet, it s important for your business to be present correctly.

5. Yahoo Local Yahoo! Local provides listings and reviews of local businesses. Business owners can claim or add their professional listing to ensure they get found on the Internet s third most popular search engine, with millions of searches conducted daily.

6. Yellow Pages Now found at YP.com, Yellow Pages is the online answer to what used to be America s standard for looking up businesses. Business owners can claim or add listings and add any important information. While not as relevant with the younger generations, Baby Boomers and older still have strong ties to yellow pages.

7. MapQuest A popular web mapping service, MapQuest helps bring local customers right to your doorstep. Claim or list your business listing at the MapQuest local business center, add photos, parking directions, and even relocate your map marker if it s inaccurate.

8. Superpages Powered by Dex Media, Superpages is an online business directory offering local business listings, reviews, and advertising solutions. Business owners can claim or add listings and include important information, offer deals, and respond to customer reviews.

9. Foursquare Another popular social media site, Foursquare helps users keep track of where friends “check-in” and find nearby businesses. Business owners can claim or create listings and receive real-time data around customer activity, and even offer coupons to customers who check in. Foursquare also feeds their information into other websites and mobile apps.

10. MerchantCircle Designed exclusively around small businesses, MerchantCircle is an online local business directory offering free marketing tools along with free listings. Business owners can claim or add their listings, add coupons and/or newsletters, respond to reviews, and more.

11. LinkedIn LinkedIn is a great site to create a public company page for your business, linking your employees LinkedIn profiles to your business whenever they list you as their employer. Primarily used as a professional networking site, it s a great place to display information about your business enterprise.

12. Citysearch An excellent network for restaurants, bars, hotels, and spas, among others, Citysearch is a city-based online guide to business and entertainment. Business owners can claim or add listings, include important information, and add special offers. Citysearch offers city guides for the most popular cities in the United States, so you ll want to be sure you re included.

13. White Pages The online equivalent of the white pages found in a traditional phone book, White Pages is a quick and easy listing service, and makes your business contact information available to over 200 million people.

14. Yellowbook A subsidiary of Hibu Business, Yellowbook.com allows business owners to create an easily searchable listing, including business information, a link to the business website, product descriptions, and more.

15. Manta With over 30 million visitors per month, Manta offers business listings for companies worldwide. Local business owners can claim or add listings, upload company logo, photos, and important information. Inc. rates Manta as one of the fastest growing business sites on the Internet.

16. The Business Journal Originally created to offer business news and advice, The Business Journal has recently created a local business directory for most major U.S. cities. With four levels of listing options free, bronze, silver, and gold local business owners can claim their free listing, or choose to pay to receive even more targeted traffic to their website.

17. Angie s List With two million paying members who read and post reviews, Angie’s List is one of the most well respected online directories for services. Business owners can claim or add a listing for free as long as it falls within a specified category, centered around home improvement, auto, health, pets, or various miscellaneous services. Business owners seeking to establish a strong online reputation through positive reviews should use Angie s List.

18. DexKnows Another popular online directory, DexKnows provides business owners an opportunity to engage with customers and track their online reputation through their business listing.

19. Yellowbot Similar to Yellow Pages, YellowBot provides basic contact and location information about local businesses, and permits customers to post reviews.

20. Kudzu Geared towards homeowners interested in renovating, Kudzu offers reviews, advice, and deals for local businesses. For businesses providing home improvement services, Kudzu is a must.

21. Hotfrog With around 1.5 million visitors per month, Hotfrog is a business search engine designed to help businesses improve their Google search results. Business owners can claim or add a listing, upload photos, and create deals, as well as use reporting tools to see which keywords are driving traffic.

22. Magic Yellow Similar to Yellow Pages and YellowBot, Magic Yellow is a business directory offering local business listings and reviews. Business owners can claim or add a business listing and include any important information.

23. Express Update Express Update allows business owners to add a public profile page to help their business get found. They also provide a variety of resources to help businesses ensure that their listing gets distributed throughout the web.

24. City Slick A local business network designed to help local businesses get more customers, CitySlick.net offers both paid and free local advertising opportunities along with business listings. Business listings are search engine friendly and provide a unique way to advertise locally.



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The Local SEO and Business Listings WordPress Plugin allows you to optimize your local business website through a step by step Local SEO Guide, a host of search engine optimization tools proven to increase Google – Bing – Yahoo local search rankings, a business listings scan tool, as well as, available functionality to create, correct and aggregate your local business listings on over 50 of the top Business Listings websites like Yelp, YP.com, Bing Places for Business and many more.

SEO expertise is NOT required to utilize this Plugin and optimize your website for Local Search. With the Step by Step Local SEO Guide we will walk you through the process.

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With one click you can run a Local Business Listings Report to see where you have missing or incorrect citations (business listings) across all the major local business aggregation websites like Yelp, YP.com, Facebook, Bing Local, Google My Business and more.

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This plugin also has the additional available functionality to allow you to seamlessly create or correct all business listing errors found in the business listing scan. You will also have additional monitoring and local listing updating features which will enable you to post to all your local listings at once with fresh information and content like announcements, coupons, deals, special events and more.

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The Local SEO and Business Listings WordPress Plugin allows you to optimize your local business website through a step by step Local SEO Guide, a host of search engine optimization tools proven to increase Google – Bing – Yahoo local search rankings, a business listings scan tool, as well as, available functionality to create, correct and aggregate your local business listings on over 50 of the top Business Listings websites like Yelp, YP.com, Bing Places for Business and many more.

SEO expertise is NOT required to utilize this Plugin and optimize your website for Local Search. With the Step by Step Local SEO Guide we will walk you through the process.

Core Plugin Functionality

  1. Local SEO Road Maps
  2. Keyword Research Tool
  3. Competitor Keyword Spy Tool
  4. Suggested Content Submission Websites
  5. Proprietary Keyword Effectiveness Index – Judge how easy it will be to rank for specific keywords and how effective those keywords will be for your business.
  6. Business Listing Scan – Scan your business listings to see where you have missing listings or incorrect listings across the web.
  7. Local SEO Videos and Tutorials Updated Regularly – Get the latest information about optimizing your business for local search and tutorials on how to best utilize your Local SEO Tools.

Additional Available Local SEO Tools

  1. Competitor Analysis
  2. Web Analytics
  3. Search Metrics
  4. Social Engagement
  5. Web Buzz Monitoring
  6. Website Content Submission Tools
  7. Backlink Quality Check
  8. Competitor Backlink Spy
  9. Landing Page Optimization Tools
  10. Website SEO Audit
  11. Sitemap Generator
  12. Internal Link Audit and Optimization. and much, much more.

There are literally to many tools and features to list.

Local Business Listings

With one click you can run a Local Business Listings Report to see where you have missing or incorrect citations (business listings) across all the major local business aggregation websites like Yelp, YP.com, Facebook, Bing Local, Google My Business and more.

Additional Available Local Listings Functionality

This plugin also has the additional available functionality to allow you to seamlessly create or correct all business listing errors found in the business listing scan. You will also have additional monitoring and local listing updating features which will enable you to post to all your local listings at once with fresh information and content like announcements, coupons, deals, special events and more.

This Plugin gives you everything you need to out rank and crush your competitors in local search.