Support Community Agriculture, It is Important
Community supported agriculture (CSA) programs can make the difference in how well a family farm can survive and thrive.
While the rules differ from one CSA to another, participating farms typically sign up new members during the winter months for the upcoming growing season.
As a CSA member, you basically buy a “share” of the vegetables the farm produces, and each week during growing season, usually May through October you receive a weekly delivery of fresh food.
Joining a CSA is a powerful investment not only in your own health, but in that of your local community and economy as well.
Thriving CSAs can help revitalize a community and allow residents to form strong bonds with the farmers who grow their food. This helps build a stronger, safer and more sustainable food system. It is also really helpful for the farmer, who is able to collect money needed to seed, sow and harvest up-front.
Another way to change your diet for the better and promote a more stable and sustainable food system is to grow some of your own food, even if it’s just a few pots on your balcony.
During World War II, 40% of the produce in the US was grown in people’s backyards in so-called “Victory Gardens,” and this trend has started happening again.
If unsure of where to start, I recommend starting out by with sprouts.
Broccoli, watercress and sunflower sprouts are foods that virtually everyone can and would benefit from growing, it is inexpensive, easy, and can radically improve your overall nutrition.
Supporting your local farmers is an investment in your health and helps build stable, sustainable community food systems.
Your best bet for finding healthy food that is fresh and in season is to connect with a local farmer that raises crops and animals according to organic standards, even if they are not certified Organic.
If you live in the USA, below are a list of organizations can help you locate farm-fresh foods, as follows:
EatWild.com provides lists of certified Organic farmers known to produce safe, wholesome raw dairy products as well as grass-fed beef and other Organic produce. Here you can also find information about local farmers markets, as well as local stores and restaurants that sell grass-fed products.
|Weston A. Price Foundation
The Weston A. Price Foundation has local chapters in most states, and many of them are connected with buying clubs in which you can easily purchase Organic foods, including grass fed raw dairy products like milk and butter.
The Grassfed Exchange has a listing of producers selling Organic and grass-fed meats across the US
This website will help you find farmers markets, family farms and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats and many other goodies.
A national listing of farmers markets.
|Eat Well Guide: Wholesome Food from Healthy Animals
The Eat Well Guide is a free online directory of sustainably raised meat, poultry, dairy and eggs from farms, stores, restaurants, inns and hotels, and online outlets in the United States and Canada.
|Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)
CISA is dedicated to sustaining agriculture and promoting the products of small farms.
The FoodRoutes “Find Good Food” map can help you connect with local farmers to find the freshest, tastiest food possible. On their interactive map, you can find a listing for local farmers, CSAs and markets near you.
|The Cornucopia Institute
The Cornucopia Institute maintains web-based tools rating all certified Organic brands of eggs, dairy products and other commodities, based on their ethical sourcing and authentic farming practices separating CAFO “organic” production from authentic organic practices.
If you’re still unsure of where to find raw milk, check out Raw-Milk-Facts.com and RealMilk.com. They can tell you what the status is for legality in your state, and provide a listing of raw dairy farms in your area. The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund also provides a state-by-state review of raw milk laws. California residents can also find raw milk retailers using the store locator available at www.OrganicPastures.com.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively.