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It’s National CSA Day!

February 28, 2015
Lemon balm and other herbs are included in SlowMoneyFarm CSA shares.

Lemon balm and other herbs are included in SlowMoneyFarm CSA shares.

PITTSBURGH, PA (February 23, 2015): Farms from around the country are celebrating National CSA Sign-Up Day on February 28. The day encourages food consumers to buy a share of their local farm’s harvest for the 2015 season, a buying model known as Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA.

CSA has become an important model to support local agriculture since it was introduced to the United States in the 1980s and since grown to over 6,000 farms across the country. To join a CSA, members buy a share of the harvest in the Winter and Spring and then get a box of local produce each week throughout the growing season.

“CSAs are the most authentic connection between a farmer and eater available. CSA members get the freshest, high quality, seasonal local produce, but they also get a direct connection to their farmer. This model is economically important to farmers, especially small and beginning farmers, because they can grow with confidence knowing that they have a market for their produce ahead of time.”, says Simon Huntley from Small Farm Central, a technology company that works with CSA farms across the country, and the creator of National CSA Sign-up Day.

February 28th was chosen as National CSA Sign-up Day because this day is the most popular day to sign up for CSA shares according to the 2014 CSA Farming Report. Buying a CSA share in late winter is important because farmers are making the capital investments for this year’s harvest now and the CSA model means they do not need to finance these costs with costly credit.

At SlowMoneyFarm – who runs this blog – we have produce, meat and shipped CSA options available. A flat fee up front helps with early expenses and reduces the costs of food item by limiting the marketing needed later. We also have a couple of folks who would like to get a share but cannot afford it – for those who can, sponsoring someone or a box sponsor of $50 allows these folks a hand up (not a hand out) in our community. Purchases and sponsors make it possible to devote time to heirlooms and to doing things like this blog for free.

For eaters looking to join a CSA, a searchable database of CSA farms is available at localharvest.org. Visit our website or Facebook shopping page, or give a shout-out if interested. For those booking TODAY we’re offering a special book to help you make the most of a share, free with each share purchased from us today (any type of share!).

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