Supporting local agriculture

From Janie Sheppard

This is a first installment of reporting on a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  Bill and I bought half a share in Adam Gaska and Paula Manalo’s Mendocino Organics Winter CSA.  Saturday we picked up our first basket of winter vegetables.

If you don’t already know about CSA’s, here are the basics:

Economics. Non-farmers pay a local farmer to grow their vegetables.  The non-farmers pay up front for the whole season, thereby assuming the risk of crop failure while allowing the farmer to make all his or her seed and equipment purchases without having to arrange for credit, which as the recent economic crisis reminds us, is hard to get.  Extending credit to farmers, especially the small local farmers, has never been easy.  CSA’s solve that problem handily.

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