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How does community Supported agriculture work?
Membership in the CSA is based on shares of the harvest. Members are called shareholders and they subscribe or underwrite the harvest for the entire season in advance. In this way, the members share in the variability of yields on the farm from year to year.
On Down to Earth CSA, the members share the work of growing, and throughout the season recieve fresh vegetables every week.
What is a CSA all about?
GOOD HEALTHY FOOD - CSA members get to eat produce when it is in season and freshly picked, full of nutrients. Organic, locally grown, and freshly harvested foods are the basis for a healthy diet, and endorsed by health-care professionals.
CONSERVING WORKING LANDS - Every year, 7,000-9,000 acres of farmland are lost to development in Connecticut . CSA's are an economically viable way to revive the local food system and keep the region's farmland going.
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE - Organic agriculture preserves biodiversity, and the health of area soil and water systems, because it works with the ecosystem and without toxic chemicals. Eating local food saves a lot of energy; the average food on an American's plate has traveled about 2,000 miles to get there. CSA's, by selling directly to the consumer, allow farmers to be paid a living wage. The list goes on.
LEARNING - Often CSA's become a community hub for agricultural learning, from what a bean plant looks like, to growing your own, to canning for the winter. Also, CSA's act as training centers for young people interested in learning the skills of organic farming.
COMMUNITY - Members get to know the people that grow the food, and they meet each other when they work on the farm, come to get their shares, or are part of a CSA event.
2006 - Down to Earth.
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