Teaching Tuesday – CSA

On Monday, the children and I watched some clips about the food industry of the movie by Food Inc at BulkHerbStore.com You can watch 5 of them here. I purchased the complete Food Inc DVD at Amazon so we could watch the rest of it.  The DVD comes with a chance to watch it online at no extra cost.

Here is a teaser trailer:

In the discussion afterwards, the audience suggests joining a CSA, so I went to look it up.  What a fantastic idea! If you live in the city and there is not farmers market, there is a wonderful website that lists all the CSA’s around the country at this link.

So what is a CSA?  It is Community Supported Agriculture.  Here’s how it works:

Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

This is the first time I have heard of this, so I really don’t know much about it, but I certainly think it is worth looking into and for those who cannot have a garden of their own, it sounds like a good alternative to purchasing from the grocery store.


One thought on “Teaching Tuesday – CSA

  1. Emily says:

    CSA’s are an excellent way to get great produce, support local farmers and get involved with your community!
    We supported a CSA for 3 years before farming ourselves. We made friends and learned a whole bunch along with the above benefits.

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