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|Become a shareholder in an organic farm (CSA: Community Supported Agriculture)
There is a growing movement across the United States of individuals supporting sustainable agriculture. This often takes the form of joining a CSA (community supported agriculture) farm. This sustainable and empowering way to buy food has been quite successful. The farmer grows a multitude of strictly organic crops and sells a "share "of the farm to an individual or group of individuals which entitles the holder to a weekly delivery of a share of all that the farm produces that week. Most CSA farms have a growing season from June through October, but some farms produce food year-round. The benefit to the farmer is that he or she gets a guaranteed income source and money up-front to buy seed and equipment. The system also removes a significant amount of risk for the farmer due to crop failures, infestation, or bad weather. It allows the farmer to have a more guaranteed living and be able to continue farming organically with some financial security. The benefit to the shareholder is that every week he or she receives a large box of varied vegetables and fruits. They are picked that day at the height of their ripeness and flavor with all of the benefits of organic agriculture. Shares are usually quite large and oftentimes are shared between four adults. In many instances, this has proven to be a real community builder amongst neighbors. Many communities across the United States now have CSA farms to pick from. Once introduced to this way of supporting sustainable agriculture, most shareholders become quite passionate about the practice. And of course, the food is delicious!
Megan Davidson, Labor & Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, Anthropologist, Mom to August (9) and Clay (4), Partner to Shawn.