Dave Cormier is getting started on connecting people with local farmers, using the Web, on Prince Edward Island. This is Dave’s initial plan:
it’s normal, it’s easy and it’s good to buy local
I want a list of people who are interested in finding out where the good local food is WHEN it is ready. Once the system is ready you’ll be able to either get ALL messages of ‘food is ready to come be picked up, bought or picked’ or be able to subscribe to certain kinds of food or certain producers.
I also want to get a group of people together to prove to the local farmers that we are here. So far, the people I’ve talked to think this is a really exciting idea. I’d like to get those people together so that when i meet with farmers i can say “look, these people want your product, and they want to buy locally”.
Since PEI is not far from here, we share many things, such as climate, our rural environment and distance from major markets. I shared with Dave some of what we have learned in the past three years with the Sackville Community Supported Agriculture initiative. For me, it’s about local control and having a more resilient local agriculture infrastructure that can weather the storms of peak oil, climate change and pandemic. As with nature, in diversity is resilience.
Here are some further readings related to CSA’s.