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Friday, September 26, 2008

Community Supported Agriculture

Anonymous Said...

Community Supported Agriculture

This is way less known as it should be.

(exerpt from http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/pubs/csa/csa)
Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community's farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Typically, members or "share-holders" of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer's salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm's bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production. Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests. By direct sales to community members, who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance, growers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing.

This is a great option (perhaps an even better option) than buying organic food at the supermarket. Because organic farming has such a large margin (compared to the mass produced factory farmiing, which operated with profit margins that require cornercutting)... Organic farming has now been taken up by the big guys... What used to be just a local niche farmer producing organic food has now transoformed into an organic industry. That's right... the big guys are doing orgsanic farming. What's more... they lobby the USDA to loosen "USDA ORGANIC" standards. You can imagine where this will lead.

If you really want to take it to the next level... check into CSA.
To find one near you... goto
http://www.localharvest.org/csa/
This is a great website to find the farm near you. You can strike a deal... buy this seasons eggs, meats, etc. at roughly the same price as the organic stuff in the supermarket. PLUS... you are feeding into your local economy. And even more... you often are aloud to visit and inspect the farm.

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