Have you ever thought about participating in consumer sustainable agriculture, joining a CSA? Over the last 20 years, CSAs have become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics, according to LocalHarvest. “A farmer offers a certain number of ‘shares’ to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a ‘membership’ or a ‘subscription’) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.”
Most CSAs produce organic, pesticide-free fruits and veggies. The fewer pesticides we and our children consume, the better. Pesticides and babies don’t mix. A study published last year implies that exposure to organophosphates, at levels common among U.S. children, may contribute to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
You might want to explore your options for finding organic, seasonal foods near you. LocalHarvest claims to have the most comprehensive directory of CSA farms in the U.S., with over 4,000 listed in their grassroots database. If you’d like to look for one near you, click here.