March 16th, 2010
From Green Right Now Reports
As we contemplate that vast swath of un-prepped garden turf and weedy herb pots in the backyard, the question naturally arises: Is it too late to join a CSA – where you can buy a share of a farmer’s harvest during the growing months?
CSAs provide you with local food; you support area farmers
The answer is no. While many CSAs (for Community Support Agriculture) sell out the fall before, and even encourage pre-sales so they can fine-tune the size of their gardens, the growing number of CSAs and expanding existing CSAs are making this form of local food buying more available. We sampled some metro areas on LocalHarvest.org and found that many CSAs are still offering subscriptions.
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January 26th, 2009
By Michele Chan Santos
Green Right Now
If you’ve ever considered joining a CSA, a community-supported agriculture group, now is the time to do it. A CSA is an arrangement where people subscribe to get a weekly or bi-weekly basket or box of produce from a local farmer. January, February and March is the time when many farms encourage people to sign up to receive produce through the spring, summer and fall.
A box of locally-grown vegetables and fruit might seem like a simple thing, but CSA members say becoming a “member” or “sharer” in these farms has transformed what they and their families eat, making them more aware of their food, more connected to the process of growing and cooking, and improving their overall health. You can find the CSA nearest you at Local Harvest; enter your zip code to locate a nearby farm.
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