In late September, California passed a new law that “aims to define what a CSA is and improve market conditions for certified farmers selling directly to consumers.” (AgAlert) This law will impose some new regulations on California farms who operate a CSA, many of which can be satisfied by data already stored in your Farmigo system!
Below, we have outlined some new procedures you should be aware of and how Farmigo can help you comply with these regulations.
1. CSA programs are required to meet certain standards including properly labeling their products and keeping records.
- The Labels Report generates labels for each of your deliveries. Break this report down by Members or Items for a more detailed list.
- The Distribution Report generates a list of total orders for a delivery day.
- The Past Deliveries ($) Report and Past Deliveries (Quantity) Report generate historical information for revenue realized and products ordered.
2. CSA programs are required to register with the California Department of Food and Agriculture
3. $100 annual fee for oversight services
How this New Law Can Help Your Business!
1. Give your prospective and existing members an extra level of confidence in your practices and product. The new law defines standards for “safe handling of farm products and includes trace-back requirements” (AgAlert).
2. Bypass retail food permits. CSAs can prepare and ship their own products.
3. Level the playing field. Farmers regularly face competition from bigger businesses taking advantage of the farm-to-doorstep model. With new definitions surrounding "CSA," this can potentially reduce competition from non-CSAs.