Restaurant Supported Agriculture, (sometimes referred to as Restaurant Shared Agriculture), is an alternative, locally based economic model of agriculture and food distribution to restaurants. An RSA also refers to a particular network or association of restaurants who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with the grower and includes the eatery sharing the risks and benefits of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest.
Then, once harvesting begins, they receive daily/weekly shares of fruits and vegetables, in a vegetable box scheme. The restaurant gets locally grown, fresh produce on a daily basis that has not traveled hundreds or even thousands of miles in a refrigerated truck.
It's all about fresh...local...food.
What is our plan to implement it?
At Jamestown Urban Farmer it is our plan to try to get at least 2 local restaurants to support our farm through RSA in the 2017 growing season. We will be posting more information when we finalize our growing plan and pricing.
A restaurant can choose to sponsor a greenhouse or hoop house that will be wholly dedicated to growing only their food. This gives the restaurant and its chefs real time, hands-on control and management of their food production and schedule. Curious?....as to how this would work? Give us a call at (716) 640-8672 to speak with our Farm Manager Chris Mascelli to obtain more details.