30 Apr '12, 6pm

CSA: Just a ‘vegetable subscription’? Or a way to truly connect with your farm?

CSA: Just a ‘vegetable subscription’? Or a way to truly connect with your farm?

I was recently struck by a promotion I saw on the site Local Harvest , which lists organic and locally grown food around the country. The site reads, “Many farms offer subscriptions for weekly baskets of produce, flowers and other farm products. Try a CSA this year!” “A subscription to local farm products?” I thought. “Is that all community-supported agriculture has become?” As the local food movement has gone from a trickle to a sweeping current, and sales of local farm products have grown, it seems that many community-supported agriculture (CSA) subscribers may have lost touch with the original intention behind the term. As a farmer, and one who’s researched and written about the history of CSAs in the U.S. and abroad , I find this trend deeply troubling. It seems many urban residents now see the CSA as just another form of “retail farming” rather than a model for civic ...

Full article: http://grist.org/locavore/csa-just-a-vegetable-subscripti...

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