Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an ancient practice that has become popularized in many local communities across the globe over the last couple of decades. By contacting your favorite local farmer, you can create greater food security for your family and share in the harvests abundance & losses. If you are a small family, you can join with another family to split a farmshare, or some farmers offer smaller half shares that cost less. The benefit with joining with another family is that you can also save transportation & pick-up time costs. Don't let low cash flow stop you from signing up for a share, since many farmers can offer partial labor exchanges or alternative currancy options!
In Whatcom County, the Community Food Coop publishes a list of many (but not all) of our local farms who offer a CSA share. The new 2010 list will soon be published in their printed newsletter.
Below I'll list a few of the farm shares I'm aware of, and also below are 3 links that will contain many, but not all, of our local farms who offer CSA shares.
There is not a complete list in any one location, but the current choices can be found between the new farmer created TW group - “CSA Share Program – Producers” at http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/group/csashareprogramsproducers,
(If you are a farmer or gardener offering a CSA share, please do add your name & info to our TW Producers group!)
and the Food Coop's 2009 online list at: http://communityfood.coop/pdf/CSA%20Farms%202009%20WEB.pdf
and the brochure for the 2009 'Whatcom Food & Farm Finder” can be found on the Sustainable Connections website at-
In Urban Areas, there are also Farmers Markets and some are able to accept food stamps!
(I hope my cut & pastes of these links works the first post around)
complicating the issue of listings is the fact that when listing time comes, some CSAs have sold out of memberships, so they choose not to be included in various lists.
The Food & Farming Programs' e-newsletter, "What's Fresh" featured an article on CSAs last month, and the list of area CSA farms that were still accepting shares is included. Read the March issue here: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs047/1101522987442/archive/1103...