Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Programs Great Way to Support Local Farms

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Making a living wage as a small farmer can be challenging. Fortunately, community members can take action to help support local farms. One business model that has recently become very popular involves eaters becoming shareholders. Shareholders pay for a share of the harvest at the beginning of the growing season, which enables growers to purchase seed and start production without having to take out a loan.

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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs great way to support local farms

Then for around 20 weeks, you receive freshly harvested, seasonal produce, and the challenge of cooking and consuming all of it. Many growers help out by providing recipes along with the abundance.

While there is certainly a shared risk in paying for food that has not even been grown yet, most farmers are hard-working and honest, doing everything possible to produce a variety of safe, healthy, high quality food. Tasty varieties may be grown that are typically not offered in grocery stores. Additionally, getting to know the family who grows your food can be a meaningful experience.

Shopping at a farmers’ market is also a great way to support local growers. But if you find the timing or location inconvenient, joining a CSA may be a better way to get your nutrition through ultra-fresh, locally grown food.

Here is a list of the local programs that I am aware of for 2017.

Ample Acre Farm

Contact the farm for more information.

Kelly Easterling, ampleacrefarm@gmail.com, https://www.facebook.com/ampleacrefarm/

 New Life Farm

Begins on Tuesday, May 16th through Tuesday, September 26th, lasting a total of 20 weeks. $500 for a full share and $350 for a half share. Pick up time will be from 4:30 to 5:15 each Tuesday in Lenoir. Locations to be determined based on members input. Also picking up at farm between Boone and Lenoir on Tuesdays after 5pm is an option. Yearly member pig roast on the farm! May sign up by accessing website: http://www.newlifefarmnc.com/ Cory Byrk, 719.0853 newlifefarm.nc@gmail.com

Tumbling Shoals Farm (Wilkes County)

Begins May 3rd and goes for 20 weeks, ending on September 13th. A regular share is $515 and a small share is $360. Pick up time will be from 8:15 am until 4:30 pm on Wednesdays in Lenoir on Westview St, also at the downtown Hickory Farmers’ Market, Moravian Falls, Wilkesboro, and at the farm. May sign up on the website, with the option of using a credit card for additional fee. http://www.tumblingshoalsfarm.com/, Contact: Shiloh Avery and Jason Roehrig farmer@tumblingshoalsfarm.com, 336-452-2920

 Wild Pilgrim Homestead

The CSA box includes a great variety. No up-front payment is required, and you can place orders weekly as you need them on their Facebook page, $25 per week. Pick up on Wednesdays 4:30pm until 5:25pm at the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce (Behind the Broyhill Civic Center). wildpilgrimfarmstead@gmail.com  http://facebook.com//wildpilgrimfarmstead

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Photo of Margie MansureMargie MansureExtension Agent, Nutrition and Foods (FCS) (828) 264-3061 (Office) margie_mansure@ncsu.eduWatauga County, North Carolina
Updated on Apr 10, 2017
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