Monday, June 2, 2008
Eat Locally! It's Delicious!!
So, I just joined my first CSA= Community Supported Agriculture.
Recently, it’s become clear to me that the closer to home your food comes from, the better off you, your neighbors, and the planet! This is primarily because modern industrial food is highly dependent on fossil fuels, every step of the way. From the fertilizers and pesticides that are used to grow crops–in particular, corn, which both makes up a large part of our processed and fast foods and is used to feed animals in CAFOs, which make up another large part of our processed and fast foods–to the rather large amount of fuel needed to transport food (even organic bananas) from countries or continents away, then to truck them to your supermarket. On top of all this, the food is less nutritious and less tasty because of things like monocropping, hybridizing vegetables to withstand travel, feedlot animals living unhealthy lives because of overcrowding and unhealthy diet, and growing things out of season....phew....doesn't make you very hungry after all those words, eh?
The solution, especially if you live on a small plot of land with no garden space in the middle of a city?
drum roll please.....
Your local CSA! The general idea is that members of a local community buy “shares” of a local farmer’s harvest before the growing season begins. During the growing/harvest season, each CSA member receives a share of whatever’s currently being harvested, thereby getting local, seasonal, and (more often than not) organic produce. I just joined Zoe's Garden (located in my hometown of Fruit Heights, but with drop off points in Sugarhouse! Yipeeee!!)
Find one near you to join here: