Live in a city? You can still be sustainable & eat locally!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Community Supported Agriculture

What is CSA?

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) creates a direct relationship between farmer and consumer.

How does it work?

Each season, members can pre-pay for a share of a farmer’s crops before they are planted. Once the crops are in season and ready for harvest, they are delivered to a pre-determined spot for members to pick up. Most often, the food is harvested soon before pick up so it is as fresh as possible.

What are the benefits?

-Consumers get to eat fresher and higher quality foods

-Reduces transportation, lowering expenses for both farmer and consumer

-Enhances local economies

-Creates a stronger sense of community

-Less transportation yields less environmental impact

-CSA is usually organic, reducing environmental pollution

-It’s simply healthier… no toxic residues from herbicides, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers

Check out these websites for further information on CSA:

https://www.biodynamics.com/csa.html

http://www.sustainabletable.org/shop/csa/

AND (if you are from MI, CT, or SC)

Find great CSA in your areas by clicking on your state’s page!

Ways to eat local…

1. Visit your local farmers market or farm stand

2. Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and get weekly deliveries of the season’s harvest

3. Buy from local grocers and co-ops committed to stocking local food

4. Support restaurants and food vendors that buy locally produced food

5. Preserve food from the season — freeze, can, dry — to eat later in the year

6. Throw a “Locally-Grown Party” and serve all local food

7. Grow your own food in your yard or community garden plot

8. Visit local farmers and “u-picks”

9. Ask your grocer or favorite restaurant what local foods they carry

http://www.eatlocal.net/how.html