2016 CSA Membership – Half Shares and Full Shares Available

Sometimes someone else says it better than you can! This email was sent out via Localharvest.org at the end of January and it perfectly summarizes why CSAs exist and the benefits to both the consumer and the farmer. We would love to discuss a 2016 membership with you. Please contact us at csa@libertymillsfarm.com with any questions you may have regarding your local CSA!

LocalHarvest Newsletter, January 29, 2016

Relational Agriculture   Localharvest.org

One method that smaller scale farmers have used for a few decades to not only solidify their customer base but to also build community and obtain operating capital is through Community Supported Agriculture arrangements. Think about those words for a moment…..

Community, meaning “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals”. It also means “a group of interdependent organisms of different species growing or living together in a specified habitat”. Community is cultivated by fellowship with the people who produce our food and the other eaters in that CSA. They have common interests in eating fresh and healthy, in supporting local and ethical forms of agriculture, in diverting their dollars directly to the producers of the food.

As CSA participants, we are interdependent humans living in a certain region, depending on one another for part of our food, health, and livelihoods. Supported is simple: “to provie for or maintain by supplying with money or necessities”. CSAs support both the farmer and the eater. It goes much deeper than a purely monetary transaction. The CSA farmer knows who their customers are, what they like, and how much to grow for them. They also have up-front operating capital so that they have the money to grow the food. TThey don’t have to go to a bank or rely on high interest credit cards. The interest they pay to the CSA customer is good value, incredible freshness and variety, and other values such as exclusive offers, u-pick crops, farm events, experiential education, and more.

And then we have Agriculture: “agriculture is the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi, and other life forms for food, fiber, biofuel, medicinal, and other products used to sustain and enhance human life”. Notice the emphasis on sustaining and enhancing life. Community Supported Agriculture is an essential component of a thriving, diversified localized food system and we must continue to support it. As the late Thomas Lyson, professor of rural sociology of Cornell University said, because of the interlocked relationship between the food economy and consumers, people have a civic duty to support important agricultural engagements (such as CSA).

If you want to go further in your relationship and deepen your values of interdependence with your local farmer(s), then consider signing up for a CSA. And do it soon. Most CSAs have their sign-up period in winter and begin providing food sometime in late spring or summer.

Written by Rebecca Thistlethwaite, localharvest.org

NOTE:  Please visit our CSA page for details and a membership application!

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