Starting a CSA?
I've been thinking of starting a CSA but have been nervous about figuring out what to plant, how much to plant (I know there's a thread on that) to be able to have enough stuff that people will actually eat for a whole season. How do you figure out how much you're going to have and what to charge per share, how many shares? I'd love to start small, just family and neighbors if they'll give me a "trial run" next year. Perfect opportunity since this year 1 local CSA cut the number of shares and raised their prices, and another one is moving out of the area next year.
I was going to ask my cousin who has a share in the CSA that's moving what they get (though it's a market-style CSA and not a fixed box - gotta figure out how that works too!). Maybe poll the neighbors to see what they don't grow themselves and what they might be interested in? I'm in a pretty rural area so it's a bit tough - everyone here has gardens, though there are some people (like single guy on the corner, young family with 2 small kids) who just don't have time to garden, I know the family had a CSA share last year but dropped out this year when the prices went up. They haven't bought from me, though I have to say my "hours" are limited, only put out the sign when I'm around the house (not out back) and have set up in garage since I haven't checked with town about putting a stand out at the road (long driveway).
Lots in this neighborhood are small, too, so there's some room for gardens, but not acres worth. My cousin lives in more affluent town to the southwest, have really tiny lots, they have 4 kids so a CSA is great for them, and if I could get their neighbors too...
Is there a good book(s) someone could recommend about starting a CSA?