Community Supported Agriculture & Art
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is an alternative economic model that promotes buying local and direct from farmers. In recent years, the model has been adopted for and by artists, creating Community Supported Art.
ArtCrop brings together Hmong artists and farmers.
A food CSA is offered by a farmer or a group of farmers. Customers buy a “CSA share” and pay the farmers in advance of the growing season. The farmers then use the funds to jumpstart their plantings. In return, the customers can expect weekly deliveries of fresh produce dropped off at a convenient location. An art CSA supports artisans and crafters to access resources in advance in order to create culturally relevant and unique art pieces that are inspired by our local and global experiences and offered to subscribers on a seasonal basis instead of weekly deliveries.
The HAFA x ArtCrop CSA reflects a special relationship between the artist, the farmer and the consumer community. Customers pay in advance to receive a share that includes a piece of artwork and fresh produce. This year's subscription share will arrive just in time for the Hmong New Year, a celebratory tradition succeeding the harvest season (right before Thanksgiving). Together, art and food forges a profound tribute to the Hmong cultural experience and supports the makers that produce it. We invite you to a more rooted cultural experience.
Why the CSA model?
The CSA model reduces the risk that the local farmer takes to plant the fruit tree, vegetable seed or flower bulb. Artists are provided resources such as materials, time, and studio space in order to craft an art piece that complements the essence of the produce, its intended feast and the people around it.
ArtCrop wants to illuminate Hmong artists and farmers for future generations. Artists and farmers share many similar struggles in their ability to succeed despite their unique skills and influence in keeping Hmong culture alive. Throughout history, Hmong artists and farmers have gone unnoticed, passing down our traditions and culture as it evolves, feeding our body, heart and soul. Farmers and artists commonly express they are undervalued for their talents and labor, thus facing a volatile future. The goal of the CSA is to support both the artists and farmers to thrive for generations to come.
In short, the CSA is not just a food and art delivery service, but rather a social contract rooted in community, mutuality and stewardship. We do so in respect to sharing the land, Hmong culture and the local economy. So when you sign up to join the 2017 CSA, you’re not only lifting over 130 HAFA farmers and artists, you’re also building up wealth, culture and future generations in the community.