There’s still time to join a CSA farm, share in summer’s bountyTime is running out before the first leafy greens of summer are delivered, but there still are openings for additional members at some of the 15 Community Supported Agriculture Farms in the Northland.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
Time is running out before the first leafy greens of summer are delivered, but there still are openings for additional members at some of the 15 Community Supported Agriculture farms in the Northland.
Community Supported Agriculture connects farmers with eaters to form a sustainable system for local food production and consumption. Most of the farms are organic and use far fewer chemicals to produce their food. They also are local, meaning less energy is used and less pollution expended to harvest the crop and bring it to consumers.
Members benefit by having direct access to fresh local food on a regular basis. And they also may gain a connection to the land and the source of their food.
The farmers gain by having a set income, no matter what the weather or market conditions bring. Members share in the rewards of a bountiful harvest but also share in the risk of farming.
If harvests are low due to drought or flood, for example, the shares might be less than hoped for. Supporters say this “shared risk” is considered more sustainable for the farmer, while everyone benefits from a stronger local economy and healthier community.
The system is similar at most CSA farms. For example, at Rick and Karola Dalen’s Northern Harvest Farm near Wrenshall, a full summer share costs members $525. That’s 18 weeks of vegetables starting June 19 (a week later than expected, thanks to the cold spring) and running into October. Some members split a share, finding a full share can be a lot of vegetables unless you have a hungry family.
For more information and contacts for the 15 local CSA farms, go to www.csaguild.com.