Sunday, February 10, 2008
Community Supported Agriculture.
It is that time of year. Planning the garden, drooling over seed catalogs, reading gardening books, and sketching out options.
Every January or February I also start to look forward to CSA time. The fresh produce, visiting the farm to pick up our weekly box, having organic food freshly picked from healthy soil, grown by farmers who use sustainable practices and who care for the land.
Having the boys participate in what we can grow in our own small (tiny?) yard is wonderful, and they can help with the process from seed to seed. I also love that they can see where food comes from in the bigger picture with our CSA...hoophouses, fields and human hands. Not to mention the breadth of variety we can expect from our share each week.
Here are some resources - both local and national (and even international CSA search link) - for those of you who want to find out more about CSA's!
Community Supported Agriculture - Info & Find a Farm:
Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition
Wisconson Farm Fresh Atlas
Locate a CSA Farm (+international listings)
Sharing the harvest : a citizen's guide to Community Supported Agriculture - by Elizabeth Henderson
Holy Cows and Hog Heaven : the Food Buyer's Guide to Farm Friendly Food - by Joel Salatin
About Community Supported Agriculture:
What is a CSA?
What is Community Supported Agriculture and How Does It Work?
And if you are in my area, you might find some of these wonderful resources interesting - classes about sustainability, organic farming, gardening, and preserving the harvest (N IL/S WI):