Perhaps the smallest art coop in Frederick. Since 2007 we’ve provided the highest quality, locally grown, organic vegetables available. To be sure, there are a few fundamental differences between us and most CSAs. Carbon footprint is a big concern to us. The average distance from our growing land to our customers is 3.2 miles. The average distance from our pickup site (20th and Market) to our typical member-3 blocks! Over half walk from their homes to pickup veggie shares. This is important to us. Almost like
we grew it in their backyards. Profit motive is another significant issue. Through careful training and management of our volunteer gardeners/ members, and limiting the number of members, we are able to keep our subscription fee the lowest, or among the lowest, in the region. Food production is a business and there’s nothing wrong with making a profit in any business, it’s just never been a big motivator for us. We want the fresh veggies we eat as a result of the CSA, we want food to share
with the homes of our families, and we want our customers to learn that there is something besides Safeway available. Considering it a success when we lose a customer because they’ve learned to grow their own food and don’t need us any more might be one of the biggest differences between us and any CSA. Our flea market also provides vegetables and art pieces made from recycled goods. We create a variety of art and crafts that we provide at the flea.
Community-supported agriculture (in North America sometimes known as community-shared agriculture) (CSA) is an alternative, locally-based socioeconomic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme, and also sometimes herbs, cut flowers, honey, eggs, dairy products and meat, as well. Some CSAs provide for contributions of labor in lieu of a portion of subscription costs. CSAs generally focus on the production of high quality foods for a local community, often using organic or biody-
namic farming methods, and a shared risk membershipâ€“ marketing structure. This kind of farming operates with a much greater degree of involvement of consumers and other stakeholders than usual â€” resulting in a stronger consumer-producer relationship. The core design includes developing a cohesive consumer group that is willing to fund a whole seasonâ€™s budget in order to get quality foods. The system has many variations on how the farm budget is supported by the consumers and how the producers then deliver the foods. CSA theory purports that the more a farm embraces whole-farm,whole-budget support, the more it can focus on quality and reduce the risk of food waste or financial loss.
Chris Bransome is an organice farmer and an artist. He creates furniture out of recycles goods. These materials include palletes, cardboard, records, and discarded electronics.
American farmers feed our nation and the world, but they are all local to somewhere. Get to know your local farmer, and get to know your food. USDA wants to foster the viability and growth of small and mid-size farms and ranches, and we want to create new opportunities for farmers and ranchers by promoting locally produced foods. We also want to build the infrastructure necessary to support a local food system, and weâ€™ll need local partners to do that. Local and regional food systems mean fresh food, vibrant communities, a strong connection between cities and the countryside, and support for this and the next generation of farmers and ranchers.