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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CSA FARMS CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL CSA SIGN-UP DAY FEBRUARY 28
WOLFVILLE, NS (February 25, 2015):
Farms from around the world are celebrating International CSA Sign-Up Day on February 28. The day encourages consumers to buy a share of their local farm’s harvest for the 2015 season, a buying model known as Community Shared (Supported) Agriculture, or CSA.
CSA has become an important model to support local agriculture since it was introduced first introduced to the United States in the 1980s and since grown to over 14,000 farms around the world. 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 year.
“Who’s your farmer reads the Taproot Farms van. I’ll never forgot the first day I read that and Googled Community Shared Agriculture, it changed my life. As a CSA member I have the opportunity to get the the freshest, tastiest local produce as well as have a direct connection with a farmer and fellow CSA members. What’s more, by investing in a CSA share I can directly help reduce how far food travels, ensure that I know where my food comes from and what’s in it, and know that I am supporting my local economy and the next generation of farmers.” says Duncan Ebata, Food Community Builder at HarvestHand, a technology company that works with CSA farms to grow their communities.
February 28th was chosen as International CSA Sign-up Day because this day is the most popular day to sign up for CSA shares according to the US based 2014 CSA Farming Report. Buying a CSA share in late winter is important for farmers who are making the capital investments for this year’s harvest now. The CSA model means they do not need to finance these costs taking on debt.
Quotes from CSA Farmers
Patricia Bishop, Taproot Farms, Port Williams, Nova Scotia
“ We use the CSA model because we needed immediate support when we started in 2009 to make it on the farm. The community has been supporting us. We deeply value the community, the connection and the shared values with our members.” - Patricia Bishop
Tim Livingstone, Strawberry Hill Farm, Woodstock, New Brunswick
“The CSA model has helped us to start farming and provide a living for our family. Although we had farming experience, we did not inherit or own a farm and the CSA model has helped to provide the cash flow and support we needed to get started. This model is also very rewarding as it helps create meaningful connections between us and our customers. Members enjoy the connection to the farm, the access to fresh healthy food along with the sense of anticipation, surprise and adventure that goes with getting a weekly box of produce. They often equate it to getting a Christmas box every week. The CSA model is good for everyone." says Tim Livingstone, owner of Strawberry Hill Farm in Woodstock, New Brunswick.”
Learn more at CSAsignup.ca
Food Community Builder, HarvestHand.ca
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