Where It Started
The first CSA in Pennsylvania, Kimberton CSA garden was started in 1987 by the Kimberton Waldorf School, interested members of the community, and the original farmers, Barbara & Kerry Sullivan. These parties were looking for ways of doing business that would best support the local community, local agriculture, and provide for the needs of everyone involved, including those of our environment.
Along with the members' support, the Sullivan's invested a significant amount of their own capital to start the CSA and lease land from the school. Although initially conceived of as more of a Co-op in nature, the CSA was set up as a simple sole-proprietorship. This put the responsibility for the CSA on the shoulders of the Sullivans.
How We Got Here
After 15 years of service, the Sullivans sold all the movable assets of the business to Birgit Landowne, who had worked as an intern at Kimberton CSA for two prior years. Since history has an odd way of repeating itself, Birgit and Erik tended the land for another 15 years, after which they passed the CSA down to two of their previous interns, Andrew Turner and Frank Kurylo.