Community Supported Agriculture

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.

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Here are some further readings related to CSA’s.

2 Responses to “Community Supported Agriculture”

  1. Virginia Yonkers

    This is very interesting. One of the problems that we have is there are a number of micro climates in our region (I read somewhere there are around 15 within a 100 mile radius) and as such, there are different growing seasons, weather conditions and produce within driving distance. I usually go by the signs listing what is currently being sold (or available for pick up) as I drive by. However, it would be great if there was a web site that listed on a daily basis where, what, and when a farm was selling their produce. In addition, we have organic and non-organic goods. There are various farmers markets within the same county, rotating days and I often forget which one is which on any given day.

    The farmstand down the street from us also indicates where the produce is from (i.e. which town if local, their own products, or which state if “imported”). I also prefer this as I will buy the local at a higher price in order to keep local farmers in business (not to mention the produce is fresher and lasts longer from local growers).

    In the off season, some of our growers work with specific farmers in the Southern Hemisphere (i.e. Peru or Chile especially) and distribute their products to keep the family or smaller farms going. For the most part, our farms are small, family owned and many are selling out to developers as they can make more money selling off small parcels than continuing to farm. Over the last 4 years, however, with the increase in fuel prices, their products have become more competitive, and with the food scares, safer to buy.

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