Join us March 7th for the 5th Annual Iowa City Community Supported Agriculture Fair!
Local Foods Connection, in cooperation with Edible Iowa River Valley, New Pioneer Food Co-op, and the City of Iowa City, will host local family farmers at the 5th annual Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair on Saturday, March 7, 2009 from 12pm to 4pm in the Social Hall of the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center in Iowa City (220 S. Gilbert St.). This event is free and open to the public.
Eastern Iowans are invited to the CSA Fair where they will meet local farmers and learn how they can enjoy fresh produce throughout Iowa’s growing season; they are encouraged to become part of a larger community of farmers and consumers that offers four to five months of weekly, fresh, seasonal produce while guaranteeing income for farmers who support 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 farmers an income for the year 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.
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; and
• Makes nutritious, affordable, wholesome foods accessible and widely available to community members.
The goal of the 2009 CSA Fair is to connect Iowa City eaters with the farmers just beyond our city limits. As farmer, writer, and activist Wendell Berry maintains, “how we eat determines to a considerable extent how the world is used.”
Local Foods Connection has worked for the last ten years to purchase produce, bread, eggs, meat, and other products from local earth-friendly farms and donate these goods to families who cannot afford such nutritious, tasty, and fresh food. With the community’s support, Local Foods Connection assists families in need of a helping hand, strengthens the local foods network, and empowers the farmers who live and work just outside of our neighborhood.
Read more about CSAs at the Robyn Van En Center for CSA Resources.