As proud members of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, we find so many things to be thankful for and amazed by on every visit.
The variety of produce available all season long that helps ensure healthy eating. The rainbow of peppers that can add sweetness or spice to our favorite dishes. The vibrant raspberries and strawberries bursting with color and flavor. The seemingly endless array of fragrant herbs, including our favorites basil, cilantro, and dill. The gorgeous bouquets of flowers begging to be taken home to brighten our tables.
CSAs and the farmers’ markets to which they distribute are a feast for the senses. But there’s so much more going on behind the scenes.
With Earth Day just around the corner, we’re reminded of how important CSAs are and of the many benefits they provide.
CSA membership supports local farmers (and the local economy) and helps put a face to the people supplying your food. You become more intimately acquainted with and aware of the process by which food is grown sustainably.
Supporting a CSA is the very definition of “local eating.” The plot of land where this produce is grown may not be in your literal backyard—but it is part of your community. You can visit, walk the land, see the work being done, and meet the workers.
Being a member of a CSA gives you a whole new understanding of your relationship with your food!
The Food Project is a shining example of how CSAs are supporting their local community and working to ensure EVERYONE has access to high quality, fresh food.
Established in 1991, The Food Project has built a national model of engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. Every year, they hire a diverse crew of 120 teenagers to work with thousands of volunteers farming on 70 acres in eastern Massachusetts.
Why teenagers? Because The Food Project is working to identify and train a whole new generation of leaders in the food movement!
Teen participants are given the opportunity to cultivate farmland, participate in training and workshops, work with local hunger relief organizations, learn about expanding community food access, and discover a personal connection to our food system and issues of food justice.
Supporting The Food Project
Donations are vitally important to ensuring The Food Project is able to continue being a national leader in sustainable agriculture and youth empowerment.
The Food Project’s largest fundraising event of the year, The Big Shindig will be held on May 2. You can support this fundraising opportunity by purchasing a ticket to attend or participating in the online raffle. Learn more here.
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