Monday, May 2, 2011

Community Agriculture is a Growing Trend.

"Imagine tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, zucchini, eggplant, onions, peppers, potatoes, spinach, garlic, fresh herbs, and even flowers — all from the farm to your table week after week."

"Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) makes it possible for hundreds of people through the cooperation of local farmers and shareholders. Agriculturists offer a certain number of shares to the public and in return, each holder receives an ongoing portion of fresh produce throughout the season."

"At Patterson’s Cascade Farm, members pay $600 per season. Their weekly share, 50 of which were sold last year, is enough to feed a family of four. The program was so popular that the farm upped its capacity and is working with 75 stakeholders this year. Each member will receive about 350 pounds of food over the course of the season, which runs from May to October."

“The oldest ‘culture’ we share as a species is ‘agriculture,’” Gorewitz pointed out.  At Cropsey there are “firemen, policemen, Democrats, Republicans — in the end, a cucumber is a cucumber, a tomato is a tomato.”

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