Join Us this Saturday for Iowa City’s Annual Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair!
Saturday March 22, 2008
12pm to 4pm
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center
220 South Gilbert Street
Iowa City, Iowa
Co-sponsored by Local Foods Connection, Edible Iowa River Valley, and New Pioneer Co-operative.
Meet local farmers and learn how you can enjoy fresh produce throughout Iowa’s growing season! A CSA membership provides you with four to five months of delicious, healthy produce. You can become part of a larger community of farmers and consumers where you will find:
- Weekly fresh produce
- Fruits and vegetables in season
- Guaranteed income for farmers
- Proper farmland stewardship
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.
Read more about CSAs at the Robyn Van En Center for CSA Resources.