CSA's: Community Supported Agriculture

Every spring I am reminded of all the beautiful farms in my area and this year we are joining one in our town to receive fresh fruits, veggies and flowers once a week. If you are not able to have your own garden, joining a CSA is an excellent option. By becoming a member or ‘share-holder’ in a local farm you can actively participate by pledging funds in advance to cover costs in order to reap the harvest. Community support allows farmers to gain some financial security without having to spend a lot on marketing or incur large shipping costs. Local Harvest is a great resource with a search feature that finds fresh, wholesome food providers in your area. CSAs are a healthy way to have a connection to what we eat while supporting organic, biodynamic, and ecologically minded growing practices and avoiding genetically modified produce and factory farms. For those of us who live in cities, you can still support local growers. Some CSAs deliver or have pick-ups in urban areas. Farmers Markets, as well as co-ops and restaurants, can also be found through Local Harvest’s website.