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Guide To CSAs Serving Iowa City March 30, 2007

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We have updated our “Guide to CSAs Serving Iowa City” for 2007.

Here is a link to the booklet version:

Iowa City CSA Directory, Booklet Format

A new farm is delivering shares to the Iowa City area. They didn’t make it into our guide this year. Learn about Acoustic Farm:

Acoustic Farm Addendum to CSA Guide

Here is a link to the guide formatted as a regular document:

Iowa City CSA Directory, Regular Format

And here it is for your viewing pleasure!:


prepared January 2007


Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship of mutual support and commitment between local farmers and community members who pay the farmer an annual membership fee to cover the production costs of the farm. In turn, members receive a weekly share of the harvest during the local growing season. The arrangement guarantees the farmer financial support and enables many small-to moderate-scale family farms to remain in business. CSAs create “agriculture-supported communities” where members receive a variety of foods harvested at their peak of ripeness, flavor and vitamin and mineral content. As Wendell Berry identifies, “how we eat determines to a considerable extent how the world is used.”


CSAs support a sustainable agriculture system which:


  • provides farmers with direct outlets for farm products and ensures fair compensation,

  • encourages proper land stewardship by supporting farmers in transition toward low or no chemical inputs,

  • strengthens local economies by keeping food dollars in communities,

  • directly links producers with consumers allowing people to have a personal connection with their food and the land on which it was produced,

  • makes nutritious, affordable, wholesome foods accessible and widely available to community members.


In most cases, this commitment implies a willingness to share with the farmer both the bounty from the land and at least some of the risks involved with production. In return for fair and guaranteed compensation, consumers receive a variety of freshly picked, (usually organic) vegetables grown and distributed in an economically viable and ecologically responsible manner.

–More at the Robyn Van En Center for CSA Resources www.csacenter.org


2007 Community Supported Agriculture Farms

Prepared by Local Foods Connection


This list is provided as a community service. No endorsement is being made for any individual farm. Farms are listed in CSA name alphabetical order. We apologize for any mistakes or accidental exclusions.


Acoustic Farms

Barbara Grant home: (319) 854-6111

Mark Armstrong cell: (319) 560-2565

2674 Linn Grove Road

Springville, IA 52336



General Farm Info: Acoustic Farms is 82 acres located east of Springville offering naturally-raised vegetables, herbs, lamb and pork. We try to live in harmony with nature on our farm, producing fresh fruits, vegetables and meats. Acoustic Farms has a happy staff that includes myself (Mark), my beautiful partner Barbara, my wise mother Thelma, and our comical dog Hank. We have always shared our bounty with friends and neighbors and now would like to share with you as well. We offer grass-raised lamb, corn-fed pork, fresh and dried wild mushrooms, maple syrup, sweet corn, apple cider and fresh eggs, in addition to a cornucopia of vegetables. All in season and all delivered to your specific destination, fresh, crisp and pure. We believe food should be a sensual experience and we would like our food to be a part of your very own simply delicious life.

Share Size: Full and half share sizes.

Season: May through September. 2007 first year of CSA.

Contents: Spinach, sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, cabbage, potatoes, broccoli, green beans, melons, onions, carrots, beets, squash, surprises.

Delivery: Delivered to your door in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids areas.

Cost: Call farm for details. Half payment due May 1, balance due July 1.



Michelle Kenyon Brown Michelle: (563) 432-7484

Derek Roller Derek: (319) 325-3910

879 Echo Avenue echofarm@netins.net

Mechanicsville, Iowa 52306

Serving Cedar, Linn and Johnson Counties


General Farm Info: Echollective Farm is a farming intentional community located 30 minutes from Iowa City, 40 minutes from Cedar Rapids and 10 minutes from Tipton & Mechanicsville Iowa. A cluster of farmers and volunteers cultivate 53 acres including, 20 forested acres, a creek and 14 acres with certified organic vegetables, herbs, flowers, and hay. CSA Members exchange labor for weekly boxes of bounty. The CSA project is part of Echollective Farm’s broader mission to support and educate the public about: sustainably & locally produced food; renewable energy; and green building construction. We conduct hands-on workshops; host internship programs; and harvest & market products that make our community healthier.

Share Season: May-October.

Content: asparagus, lettuce, broccoli, spinach, kale, rhubarb, basil, oregano, parsley and several other herbs, Swiss chard, radishes, peas, leeks, green garlic, beets, carrots, and strawberries. Also, bell & hot peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, onions, potatoes, beans, cauliflower, squash, onions, potatoes, garlic and garlic scapes.

Share Size: Varies from 1 person to a household of 10.

Delivery/ Cost: Shares are picked up at the Echollective Farm. Labor is exchanged for shares. Contact Echollective Farm to work out details.

Other products: Certified organic garlic by the pound; certified organic herbal & flower bouquets; honey; bee-keeping workshops; Echollective Farm newsletter; demonstrations, tours and workshops related to straw bale construction, earthen plasters and wind & solar produced electric power; Internships & apprenticeships available for aspiring organic vegetable farmers; and a Garlic Festival.



Gooseberry Hill Subscription Produce

Dianna & John Fuhrmeister (319) 354-7260

3310 Lynden Heights Rd. NE

Iowa City, IA 52240


General Farm Info: 2- to 3- acre ever-expanding garden area. A wide variety of produce is grown and others may be added upon request. Note that fruits are also included in shares.

We are not certified organic, but it is our philosophy.

Share Size: Each wicker basket is filled with more than enough for a family of four wanting to supplement meals with garden fresh produce.

Season: May through September. CSA since 2000.

Contents: Potatoes, green onions, sandwich onions, sugar snap peas, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, bell peppers, sweet corn, green beans, carrots, tomatoes, asparagus, okra, kohlrabi, beets, horseradish, turnip and beet greens, cucumbers, summer squash, radishes, and more. Fruits: strawberries, cherries, apples, red raspberries, blackberries, white Iowa peaches, rhubarb, and plums. Country fresh eggs and flowers. Printed recipes and labeled produce.

Delivery: Delivery to your door on Friday, Saturday, or Monday.

Cost: Call farm for details.


Local Harvest CSA

ZJ Farm, Red Cedar Farm and Simone’s Plain & Simple


ZJ Farm

Susan Jutz (319) 624-3052

5025 120th St NE http://www.zjfarms.com,

Solon, IA 52333 susan@zjfarms.com


Farm General Info: Susan and her four children (Frances, Reuben, George and David) all share in the work of their 80-acre farm. Growing vegetables for Local Harvest CSA is only one component of their small, diversified farm. The diversity of the ZJ Farm extends beyond the products they sell to the environment they promote and maintain. Community education is central to the work they do, with a summer intern immersion program and seasonal events for all ages. On-farm events include a spring potluck, annual prairie burn, fall barn dance and more. Also educational events in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids including Pizza for Kids at Simone’s and gatherings at Red Cedar Farm.

Share Season: 20 weeks May to October. CSA since 1997.

Contents: Over 150 varieties of more than 40 types of organic vegetables. Almost all vegetables are harvested the same day as delivery. Write or call for more info. Email newsletter.

Sizes: Full Share feeds a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children); Half Share feeds two vegetable-loving adults.

Delivery: ZJ Farm on Monday, Wednesday or Friday; Iowa City Farmer’s Markets; Monday Cedar Rapids at Red Cedar Farm.

Cost: Contact farm. Staggered payment and volunteer exchange options.

Other Products: Pork and lamb, community events


Red Cedar Farm

Kate Hogg (319) 247-0223

2750 Otis Road SE redcedarfarm@earthlink.net

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403


Cedar Rapids pick up location for Local Harvest CSA.

Other Products: organic, free-range eggs.


Simone’s Plain & Simple

Simone Delaty (319) 683-2896

1478 470th Street SW Cell: (319) 631-0146

Wellman, IA 52356 plnsimple@netins.net



Farm General Info: When you visit Simone’s farm, you immediately see the evidence of the French country way of life in the way she has designed and nurtured her gardens: vegetables, flowers, herbs, all varieties of currants… Her wood-fired brick oven is a functional and beautiful little building used weekly for artisan breads and pizzas. In 2003, Simone planted 5 acres of her land in native prairie.

Share Season: May through October. CSA since 1997.

Contents: Bread & Egg: dozen brown eggs from free-range chickens and a loaf of handmade French Country bread. 20 weeks; Fresh Flower: bouquets of fresh-cut flowers. 16 weeks.

Delivery: Wednesday Iowa City Farmer’s Market. Email news.

Cost: Contact Simone.

Other Products: On Fridays and Saturdays, dinners for private parties at the farmhouse. Details at website.


Oak Hill Acres

Andy & Christina Tygrett (563) 946-2304

Terry & Lorraine Tygrett (319) 560-4826
978 310th St. oakhillacres@fbx.com
Atalissa, IA 52720


Farm General Info: Family owner and operated certified organic farm on 278 acres since 1997. Thirty acres certified organic vegetables. The remainder of the farm is in timber, small grains, and is seeded down in mixed hay. We are dedicated to marketing high-quality vegetables, bedding planting, and small grains directly to customers. Heirloom vegetables and bedding flowers are produced in four greenhouses. We built a 30’ x 96’ greenhouse to produce earlier vegetable crops. This greenhouse will also extend the season into the fall. Open houses, potlucks, and farm tours are held throughout the season. We had 75 CSA members in 2006.

Share Season: Minimum of 22 weeks, May through October. CSA since 2001.

Sizes: Half Share feeds a one-to two-person household; Full Share feeds a family of three to five.

Contents: Beets, broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower, green and yellow beans, kohlrabi, sweet and hot peppers, lettuce and greens, herbs, potatoes, tomatoes, summer and winter squash, and much, much more.

Delivery: Weekly drop-off sites: Iowa City/Coralville, West Liberty, Muscatine, Iowa/Illinois Quad Cities. Shares can also be picked up at the farm.

Cost: Call farm. Payments due in April and July.

Other Products: Small grains, hay, and cut flowers


Sass Family Farm

Maurice & Sherry Sass Chris Sass: (319) 629-1220

(319) 648-3788 Cara Sorrells (319) 653-4205

3060 160th Street sassfarms@netzero.net

Riverside, IA 52327 http://www.sassfamilyfarm.com


Farm General Info: Enjoy an authentic working 1950’s Iowa farm.Visitors are always welcome! We invite you and your family to come experience our relaxed country atmosphere. Kids can play on the playground or enjoy the petting zoo while you shop at the Country Market, or the newly established Country Store. We have 80 acres, 15 in garden crops and the rest in pasture, hay, and corn. Our CSA vegetables are chemical-free.

Share Season: 20 weeks, May through October. Program established in 2005.

Size: We have full shares and half shares available.

Contents: lettuce, onions, spinach, asparagus, rhubarb, squash, herbs, cabbage, peppers, sweet corn, beets, okra, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, radishes, potatoes, pumpkins, gourds, brown eggs, jams, honey, jellies, baked goods and more. Printed newsletter and recipes.

Delivery: To your door in Iowa City, Lone Tree, Riverside and Solon.

Cost: Contact the farm. Payment by season, month or week allowed.

Other attractions: Newly built pond, antiques, fall decorations, Indian corn, gourds, straw bales, hayrack rides, and picnics. Special fall/Halloween activities designed with families and children aged preschool to third grade in mind. Annual Pumpkin Festival every October. We also accept school, church, and bus tours. “Where a day in the country is worth a week in town.”


Scattergood Friends School

Mark Quee (319) 643-7631

1951 Delta Ave. farm@scattergood.org

West Branch, IA 52358


Farm General Info: The CSA is a program of Scattergood Friends School (a small, Quaker boarding school serving a diverse population of 60 students in grades 9-12). Includes 6 acres in IDALS-certified organic vegetable production. A cow-calf beef herd and a small flock of sheep on 35 acres of pasture; a few feeder pigs; honeybees; a laying chicken flock as well as a few turkeys. Also, another 35 acres in restored prairie.

Share Season: 23 weeks May through October. CSA since 2004.

Size: Standard Share: family of four with a mixed diet. Half Share: 1 – 2 people.

Contents: Salad greens, root vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, cucumbers, zucchini, peas, beans, potatoes, garlic, onions, cabbages and more. Strawberries. Optional egg share.

Delivery: At the farm; or a central distribution point in Iowa City.

Cost: Call Farm. Reduced cost shares offered.


Farms Not Running a CSA in 2007

  • Friendly Farms

  • Squier Squash & Donnelly Farms

  • Choice Earth (no longer serving Iowa City)


Sponsors of this Guide and the Annual CSA Fair


Local Foods Connection

Laura Dowd, Executive Director

(319) 338-2010




Local Foods Connection purchases produce, bread, eggs, meat and other products from local earth-friendly farms and donates these goods to families who cannot afford such nutritious, tasty and fresh food. We provide opportunities for families to visit a farm and to learn healthy cooking methods. With your support, we assist families in need of a helping hand, strengthen our local foods network and empower the farmers who live and work just outside of your neighborhood.


Our families include single mothers, immigrants, racial minorities and people with exceptional medical needs. In 2003, 12.3% of the Johnson County population lived below the federal poverty level. Limited household income can hinder access to nutritious foods.


Special thanks to the Johnson County Local Food Alliance and Edible Iowa River Valley for their additional support of Local Foods Connection.


Johnson County Local Food Alliance

Leah Wilson, Coordinator

(319) 621-3009 or (319) 629-5202




The Johnson County Local Food Alliance is a passionate food community of farmers, chefs, food stores – and people like you – who are committed to making local, healthy and fresh food more widely available (and eaten!) where we live. To achieve the goal of establishing a vibrant local food system in Johnson County, serving and being served by thriving urban and rural communities, they pull together the abundant resources available to us. They believe that the farmers, consumers, food buyers and agricultural support organizations within our area can, by working together cooperatively, increase the impact of their actions and work.


JCLFA connects local farmers to the people and businesses that want to buy their food. They facilitate this communication and commerce through meetings, programs and publications, such as the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” directory and the Field to Family celebration. Furthermore, all of their members take a pledge to uphold the highest standards of market cooperation, professionalism, caring for the earth, good animal husbandry, and caring for community.


Edible Iowa River Valley

Edible Iowa River Valley 319 400 2526

22 Riverview Drive NE info@edibleiowarivervalley.com

Iowa City, IA 52240



Edible Iowa River Valley is a seasonal magazine celebrating the local food and food artisans of Eastern Iowa, from the bluffs of Decorah to the Des Moines metro area, to Mississippi river towns to the fertile farms and fields in between. With stunning photography and rich content, Edible Iowa River Valley showcases the family farmers, chefs, food artisans, farmers’ market vendors and other food-related businesses for their dedication to using the highest quality, seasonal, locally grown products. Edible Iowa River Valley is locally owned and operated, and is a fabulous regional guide for local foods. EIRV is a proud member of Edible Communities, which has won the International Association of Culinary Professional’s Award of Excellence.


Edible Iowa River Valley is locally owned and grown, and is available for free at points of distribution in Eastern and Central Iowa. It is published seasonally, with new issues available in mid-October, mid-February, mid-May and mid-August. Please check our website at http://www.edibleiowarivervalley.com for a complete list of distribution points, as well as ways to subscribe in order not to miss a mouthwatering issue


Typical Iowa CSA Crops and Harvest Times



Asparagus, Greens & Lettuces, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spring Garlic, Turnips



Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Green Onions, Greens & Lettuces, Kohlrabi, New Potatoes, Peas, Radishes, Strawberries, Turnips



Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Garlic, Greens, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Summer Squash, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Zucchini



Beans, Beets, Carrots, Sweet Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Greens, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes; Radishes; Summer Squash; Tomatoes; Zucchini



Beans, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Eggplant, Garlic, Greens & Lettuces, Leeks, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips, Zucchini



Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Greens & Lettuces, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips




Ten Reasons To Buy Local Foods


1. Locally grown food tastes better. The average distance grocery and restaurant food travels from the farm to your home is 1,500 miles.


2. Local produce is better for you. Fresh produce loses nutrients quickly. Locally grown food, purchased soon after harvest, retains its nutrients.


3. Local food preserves genetic diversity. In industrial agricultural, plant varieties are chosen for their ability to ripen simultaneously, withstand harvesting equipment, for a tough skin, and for a long store shelf life. Local farms, in contrast, grow a huge number of varieties.


4. Local food is GMO-free.


5. Local food supports local farm families. Commodity prices that farmers receive for their crops are at historic lows, often below the cost of production.


6. Local food builds community. Knowing the farmers gives you insight into the seasons, the weather, and the miracle of raising food.


7. Local food preserves open space. As the value of direct-marketed fruits and vegetables increases, small family farmers will be less likely to sell their land for development.


8. Local food keeps your taxes in check. Farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services, whereas suburban development costs more than it generates in taxes.


9. Local food supports a clean environment and benefits wildlife. A well-managed family farm is a place where the resources of fertile soil and clean water are valued.


10. Local food is about the future. By supporting local farmers today, you can help ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow, and that future generations will have access to nourishing, flavorful, and abundant food.


—©2001 Growing for Market. Permission to print and photocopy is granted.



Emily Dickinson and Farmers March 28, 2007

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I am Laura Dowd, Local Foods Connection’s Founder & Executive Director. In the past few years, I have slowly learned an appreciation of poetry – with Emily Dickinson reigning favorite over the dozens of poets I’ve read. Many of the moments scattered throughout my week, moments during which I put LFC work aside, are taken up by reading the works by poets new to me, or rereading favorites. And so it is: My day-to-day work of promoting sustainable agriculture, integrating our organization with the work of other social service agencies, fundraising, and other tasks, then – separately – the timeless enjoyment of an artist’s beautiful expression of her thoughts and perceptions. Poetry and agriculture don’t meet often in my everyday affairs.

So I was very happy to discover recently a poem in which Emily Dickinson and farmers are thrown together! James Tate combines these two distinct personalities and experiences in a funny and respectful poem. I hope you enjoy the poem as much as I do.

From: Return to the City of White Donkeys by James Tate

“Of Whom Am I Afraid?”

I was feeling a little at loose ends, so

I went to the Farmer’s Supply store and just

strolled up and down the aisles, examining

the merchandise, none of which was of any use

to me, but the feed sacks and seeds had a calm-

ing effect on me. At some point there was an

old, grizzled farmer standing next to me holding

a rake, and I said to him, “Have you ever read

much Emily Dickinson?” “Sure,” he said, “I

reckon I’ve read all of her poems at least a

dozen times. She’s a real pistol. And I’ve

even gotten into several fights about them

with some of my neighbors. One guy said she

was too ‘prissy’for him. And I said, ‘Hell,

she’s tougher than you’ll ever be.’ When I

finished with him, I made him sit down and read

The Complete Poems over again, all 1,775 of them.

He finally said, ‘You’re right, Clyde, she’s

tougher than I’ll ever be.’ And he was crying

like a baby when he said that.” Clyde slapped

my cheek and headed toward the counter with

his new rake. I bought some ice tongs, which

made me surprisingly happy, and for which I

had no earthly use.


Volunteer & Sponsor of the Week March 26, 2007

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Volunteer of the Week: Genie Gratto. Genie welcomed visitors to Saturday afternoon’s CSA Fair, where she volunteered from noon to 4.

Sponsor of the Week: Genie Gratto. While employed by Alliant Energy, Genie made a financial donation to LFC that will be matched by the company.


Working on Scattergood Farm March 25, 2007

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Scattergood Farm is part of Scattergood Friends Quaker School in West Branch, Iowa. This weekend, four University of Iowa students went out to the farm with Laura to work. In exchange for our work, the farmer will give LFC credit towards CSA share purchases in the future.

~~Jonathan & Megan’s work~~

The Trailer Needing A Roof

Jonathan & Megan worked on building a roof for a trailer. The farmer, Mark Quee, wants to use the trailer to carry chickens and hens out to the fields for grazing. The trailer will be hitched onto the back of a tractor. The roof is being made of a torn-down wood table from a barn and sheets of siding from an old shed.

Roof Materials

Mark especially wants to release the chickens in the fields in which his small cow herd (ruminants) recently grazed. Organic farmers like Mark follow a pasturing method for grazing animals called “rotational grazing.”

For definitions, see: http://www.sustainabletable.org/intro/dictionary/#r     and    http://www.ecohealth101.org/glossary.html#R


If a farmer kept his cattle or sheep in one field all year round, allowing them to eat all the grasses planted there, the field would be destroyed. The animal’s teeth would cut the grasses so close to the ground, and their feet would trod on the grasses so heavily, that the grasses could not grow back. Additionally, as the grasses died, the soil would begin to erode.

So a farmer cordons off sections of his field. He only allows the animals to graze in one section at a time, and only for a short period. This way, the grasses have time to recover. By growing grasses that his animals can eat, Mark saves money because he doesn’t have to purchase as much grain from other farms to feed them as he would otherwise.

Building the Roof 2


Farmer Mark plans on releasing chickens into a section of his field once the cow herd is finished with it. The main purpose of this activity is to allow the chickens to eat the maggots which grow in cow poop (lucky chickens!!). The maggots are good protein for the chickens. In addition, if the chickens did not eat the maggots at their young stage in life, the maggots would grow to flies that would bite and pester the cows, even potentially causing eye damage.

~~Angie & Marlena’s Work~~

Marlena, Angeline, and Mark

A. Angie & Marlena gathered tree limbs and branches from a field and sorted them into two piles – one pile for burning as a bonfire in the fields, and one pile for use in a wood stove (located in a house lived in by one of the farm hands), a fire place (located in the school) and a kiln (located near the school and used once a year to fire the large number of pottery items made by the schools’ students).

B. Angie & Marlena harvested mache and spinach greens from the hoop house on the farm. The students and staff at the school will be enjoying these greens in their meals this week. Most of the produce grown on the farm is used in the school cafeteria.

For a definition of mache, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mache

Close Up of Mache Cutting

Greenhouses & hoop houses help farmers “extend the season”by allowing farmers to grow certain crops under the protection of the structure during colder weather. The crop would not survive in the open air otherwise. Mache and spinach are two examples of crops that grow well in greenhouses during most of the cold Iowa winter months.

For a definition of season extension, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Season_extension

Season extension allows people in Iowa to eat local foods during more months of the year than would be possible if the crops were only grow outdoors.

C. Angie & Marlena repaired holes in hoses. (holy hoses?!) Water released through holes in hoses is wasted and costs the farmer money. Holes can lower the pressure of the water going through the hoses. Also, this water can pool up in undesired places causes mud puddles and soil erosion.

Marlena and The Hose



Volunteer & Sponsor of the Week March 19, 2007

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Volunteer of the Week:  The LFC Board of Directors. The dedicated members of our board engage in long-range planning for the agency, set the overall program for the year, and establish the fiscal policy.

Sponsor of the Week:  Johnson County Local Food Alliance. JCLFA is co-sponsoring the CSA Fair this Saturday, March 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Prairie Table in downtown Iowa City. All are welcome to come learn about options for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) memberships through area farms.


Local Foods In Time Magazine March 15, 2007

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The March 12, 2007 issue of Time Magazine carries a cover story about local foods written by John Cloud. You can find a link to the article here:


If the link no longer works, then here is a printer-friendly version saved as a word processing document:

Eating Better Than Organic

Mr. Cloud gives a good overview of the predominant issues concerning organic and locally grown food, and provides links and references to many sources. Yet he seems to have a defensive attitude towards activists for these issues, referring to us as ‘food purists’ and ‘lefty’ more than once.  In addition, he dismisses some issues, such as the link between cancer and pesticides, too quickly for me.

I like his use of the phrase “food shed” to describe the distance from a person’s home a food item can travel to be considered local. I wonder if he coined the phrase.

At one point, Mr. Cloud tries to make the unusual argument that since people of current generations live longer than people of their grandparents’ generations, and since current generations eat more globally-supplied food than those folks from the early 1900’s, that maybe a local foods diet is less healthy. Such a hypothesis is based on so little fact, and so much attitude, that it should not have even made it into the article.

Mr. Cloud calls CSAs ‘wonderful,’ and I agree. He also states that “Farming is dirt-under-the-toenails hard work,” and I agree with that statement as well.

Do I forgive Mr. Cloud’s disdain for liberal values, his unfair summary of some of the Eat Local issues, and his off-the-cuff, uninformed hypotheses because, in the end, he decides that he prefers to eat locally-grown foods? No. But I am glad the issue made Time Magazine.

-Laura Dowd, Executive Director


Volunteer and Sponsor of the Week March 14, 2007

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Volunteer of the Week: Laura McElherne. Laura created a piece of original artwork for LFC to use for its thank you cards.

Sponsor of the Week: Environmental Advocates. EA made a financial donation that will cover the cost of enrolling one large family in our program this season.