Claim: “Community supported agriculture, or CSA, originated in Switzerland and Japan in the 1960s.”
According to the USDA, this is true. The USDA considers community supported agriculture (CSA) to be a new farming idea that has been gaining momentum since it was first introduced to the United States in the 1980s. The USDA’s National Agricultural Library page states that “the CSA concept originated in the 1960s in Switzerland and Japan, where consumers interested in safe food and farmers seeking stable markets for their crops joined together in economic partnerships.” Many of the hundreds of CSAs that exist in the US are located near cities on the Atlantic coast, in the Great-Lakes region and on the West coast.
Link to resource: