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There are over 1,000 CSAs in existence across the United States today, a number that has grown exponentially over the past 20 years.

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July 29, 2008

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

If you’re looking to be granted ecological impunity,
Then join a supportive agricultural community.
Your dollars can benefit an organic local farm,
And the fresh-picked healthy produce won’t do anybody harm.

What is it?
Community Supported Agriculture occurs when a group of individuals cooperatively supports and benefits from the operation of a local farm and its land. Some CSA programs require “shareholders” to do occasional work on the farm as well—free exercise, score!

How can I find a CSA farm?
Visit this website to locate your nearest CSA farm. You may even be able to subscribe to one of these farms and receive a weekly or monthly produce basket – direct from the farm – or pick your own veggies, flowers and fruits. http://www.localharvest.org/csa/

What is the ecological benefit of CSA? Isn’t it just easier to go to the supermarket?
Pick-ups and deliveries of CSA farm food are all local. A recent study of Chicago showed that on average, a head of lettuce traveled over 2,000 miles to get to the supermarket and to its diners’ dishes. Supporting a local farm saves money and prevents pollution from the trucks that chug along to bring you your munchies.
 

Check It Out

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center: http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/pubs/csa/csa.shtml

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Information: www.sare.org/csa/

Local Harvest, real food, real farmers, real community: www.localharvest.com

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