Just a few years ago I didn't even know what Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
was. We just knew there had to be a better way to get our food. Just in case you are like me, h
ere is a definition from Wikipedia. "Community-supported agriculture
; sometimes known as community-shared agriculture
) is an alternative, locally-based economic
model of agriculture
and food distribution
. A CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme
. Many CSAs also sometimes include herbs, cut flowers, honey, eggs, dairy products and meat. In theory a CSA can provide any product to its members, although the majority of CSA tend to provide produce and other comestibles. Some CSAs provide for contributions of labor in lieu of a portion of subscription costs."
When I heard about this for the first time I thought this is awesome what a great way to get our food! I looked into it and there were only a handful of people in the area doing this. It was hard to find a group that had an opening, we went to the Farmers Markets, which is another way to get to the same end, but it did not seem to be a fit for us. As we started to look for a way to get back to the basics, to provide a more wholesome environment to raise our children, we started looking for some land that we could use to grow some of our own food. That's when we happened upon our Farm.
The neat thing is you can get closer to your food! Here are 4 reasons why you should.1) Know the source of your food
. While I'm not a fan of big government, occasionally they stumble upon a good idea. One initiative by the USDA is "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food
". There are so many benefits to getting closer to your food such as; Supporting small to mid-size farmers and ranchers, protecting our natural resources and eating healthier. 2) Spend some time outside
enjoying the sunshine and cool breezes. In our crazy day to day grind we find ourselves spending most of our time confined in our homes, offices and cars. I would hazard a guess that the average person spends the majority of their day cooped up inside. Some CSA's offer what are called working shares. There are some people who would like to get out and spend time in the great outdoors. Your not required to purchase a working share to participate in a CSA but it's a good way to keep your costs down and help out your farmer all in one fell swoop. Not to mention all the fresh air you get for free! 3) Eat healthier
, by purchasing your food locally. Food grown close to home is more wholesome and has far fewer chemicals in them than food purchased at the grocery store. Not to mention the freshness. Large commercial operations continually spray and deplete the ground of nutrients in quest of mass quantities of cheap food. In life somethings are not best to be cheap!
4) Fosters new opportunities
for farmers and ranchers. With the explosion of large corporate farms in the late 70's many family operations were forced out of the family business of farming. CSA had not even been in place at the time so there really were no alternative for these families. In response to the corporate takeover of farming individuals reacted by creating a way for farmers and ranchers to get reconnected to consumers and provide a high quality product at a fair price. These markets provide the community with the chance to help support a family and another great side benefit is that the majority of the money spent with them is put right back in to the local economy.
4.5) Support of traditional family values
, is another benefits of supporting a CSA. The families who work to provide food for you are trying hard to give their children the benefits of growing up close to their food, building a good work ethic, and instilling in them the knowledge that if they really open their minds they can do anything. Here at Kennedy's Country, we are blessed to have a working Christmas Tree Farm. This is the first step in working to provide you with a full CSA someday! We have plans for an orchard, livestock and berries. We want to be part of your life and help you to get to Know your Food and Know your Farmer. Let others know about us, help us grow by spreading the word. You can find us on Facebook and on the web. Let us know what kinds of food your would like to buy locally by commenting below.