Community farming (CSA) is about the essential renewal of agriculture through its healthy linkage with the human community that depends on farming for survival. CSA is also about the necessary stewardship of soil, plants, and animals: the essential capital of all human cultures.
It’s going to take more than individual efforts to meet the profound challenges of global climate change. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is one proven pathway for organizing groups of people to apply their strengths and intelligence in this essential responsibility. We need hundreds of thousands more CSA farms.
How to pick a good CSA that's right for you.
Farming may be the dream, but sometimes it can also be the nightmare. Balancing the good, the bad, and the ugly poses challenges.
Donna Smith and Robyn Streeter provide daily proof that an abundant amount of organic produce can be grown in urban and suburban yards of all sizes. But getting this ground-breaking operation off the ground was not easy.
Exploring the roots of the CSA concept.
The benefits of a membership in a CSA and how supporting local organic farming is not only good for you but good for the Earth as well.
Learning how to make a soil block is a simple skill capable of permitting one to become involved within their local CSA or farm. It can also be a great way to meet local farmers, reduce CSA membership fees, and learn about organic gardening. Before each seed is sowed it must have a soil block to grow in. Being part of that initial step brings great joy.
In the Spring of 2010, I quit my job as a high school theology teacher, because I wanted to be a farmer. I am now entering my fourth year of full-time farming, even though I had almost no experience farming. Here’s how I did it, and some tips to help you on your way.
Using up CSA produce is often difficult, but I found a fun and easy way to do it.
The December garden is still full of life, both in the beds and under cover, providing fresh ingredients for home cooked meals. Winter farmers markets and CSA's are a great way to learn what grows well in your zone.
Support your local food systems while getting the most from your home garden.
From the moment of realization that the world of healing herbs was calling Susanna Raeven, to herfirst herbal class, to running a small-scale herb farm that grows medicinal herbs with organic methods, to creating artisan herbal products, and finally to working with clients to help them find balance in their lives with the generous support of the plant kingdom, the journey has been quite a ride with many joyous moments, but also doubts, insecurities, and cloudy days.
Learn a few tips for efficiency from seasoned CSA Farmers: La Vista CSA Farm.
Making strawberry preserves from just-picked berries is a very good thing.
A first look at the newest vegetable crops in the garden before the CSA harvests begin.
The story of two ladies and their small CSA in the Rocky Mountains.
The owners of Runamuk quickly realized the high demand for local, raw honey after selling their first few jars of it. See how this home-based business opportunity grew out of beekeeping.
FairShare CSA Coalition partners with health insurance groups to offer a rebate for selecting fresh, organic, local produce.
A story of life, death and rebirth of a hoop house.
Cam enjoyed a very successful sweet potato harvest!
It's Week #11 of our CSA and we can't find boxes big enough to fit all of the great produce!!
Cam undertakes an experiment to see how much food he can produce on his one acre of garden space.
Sandy Boyce's sauerkraut was a hit, selling out each week, until her county health department asked her to stop. Across the nation, regulations can prevent small-time home producers from distributing their 'cottage foods' to the public.
Cam contemplates the meaning of life while picking strawberries.
Ranting about the drought worked! We got rain here at Sunflower Farm!
Cam contemplates his place in the universe while weeding his corn patch....
Cam is exhausted but exhilarated by the early success of his CSA.
Cam is trying to extend his growing season with DIY greenhouse structures.
Cam ponders the wisdom of starting a CSA at the ripe old age of 52.
This summer Cam became a market gardener and actually got paid for something he loves to do - grow vegetables!
Pass the cold, wintry months with warm thoughts of how you can eat more local food while supporting sustainable agriculture this coming season.
Simran Sethi enjoys the fruits of late summer at a local farm dinner.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s love for local food has the nation wanting to know more about how to eat in-season. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence offers a healthy helping of advice on how to eat local.
You'll love this recipe from William Woys Weaver for garlic scapes sauteed with tomatoes, white wine and sheep's milk cheese.