Supporting Community Agriculture

Day’s Verse:
For the needy will not always be forgotten,
Nor the hope of the afflicted perish forever.

Psalm 9:18
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Speaking of food — which apparently lots of us like to do — I’ve mentioned the Nourse Farm before, back in August when I rhapsodized about their fresh berries.

At the time I saw that they offer community supported agriculture (CSA) shares at the beginning of the growing season each year. The idea is to pay a big chunk of cash to a local farm up front, and then over the course of the season you get food that the farm grows. The benefit is that, as their web site explains, “The share holder benefits from a constant supply of locally grown produce offered weekly, ripe and fresh.” Additionally, “Buying food locally keeps small farms economically viable, keeps land in agricultural production, and preserves open space.” I particularly like the Nourse Farm CSA program because, according to their web site, their “produce is naturally grown. For a few crops that is not feasible. For these particular crops we use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. That means we utilize many strategies to avoid or solve a pest problem. In this program we scout the fields for insects and disease, we seek protection with beneficial insects and biological controls, we use disease resistant varieties, and bug-excluding row covers.” This means environmentally-friendly food from a nearby source — what a great idea! Continue Reading >>