CSA shares per acre
I know most of you guys are not CSA growers, but for those of you who are: For a 12-week CSA season, how many shares(roughly 2/3 a bushel per share) could I expect to get out of an acre. Judging from my research and limited experience I was planning on getting 50 shares.
I'm around Dallas Texas and the season will be this Fall starting the third week of September and running until the third week of December. The first 4 weeks will mainly be warm season crops and the last 6 weeks cool season crops, with overlap in the middle.
I'll have an additional 1/4 acre in production for extra food insurance and to pay an additional 6 workshares. The cost for each share is $30 per week.
I have the use of a collection of Farmall cub tractors with cultivators, plows, discs, hillers, etc. I have leaves from various landscapers and a compost pile started. I also have quite a bit of greenhouse supplies, row covers, and drip tape irrigation for 1/3 an acre(my current garden size).
The main source of organic material will be free horse manure. I am either going to make repeated trips with a trailer or hire a dump truck if the price is right. I'll be getting a tax id for discounts on bulk purchases. It will be tough, but I feel like I can do it if I work about 60+ hours a week. I'll also have a little help from my wife and kids if I get in a crunch.