Hello Guide by Nicki V readers! It's been some time since I've written a post and I'm so excited to be back!
I am absolutely pumped to be writing this blog about the benefits of community supported agriculture, better known as CSA! As I'm writing this, I am just hitting "purchase" on a produce CSA through my local farm, Stillman's Farm. It's my second year participating after a great experience last year. If you sign up, I guarantee you'll love it too.
what is community supported agriculture?
About Stillman's farm csa
Benefit 1: local produce are healthier
benefit 2: local produce are better for the environment
The average piece of produce in the U.S. travels 1.500 miles (!) to get to it's destination, according to researcher Rich Pirog at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. Buying local produce reduces the amount of food miles and therefore reduces CO2 emissions.
Choosing more plant-based foods is also important for the environment as it significantly reduces water use. According to UCLA Sustainability, if every person in the U.S. gave up meat and dairy products one or more days each week, we would reduce our water use by at least half. By having so many fresh produce on hand, you're a lot more likely to eat more plant-only meals.
benefit 3: csa support local, small businesses
Benefit 4: variety of produce leads to creativity
I certainly get into a Whole Foods rut and find myself buying the same bags of frozen veggies week after week (I'm looking at you broccoli, brussel sprouts and cauliflower). I get so excited to open my CSA box to see what's in store. June usually calls for leafy greens. July provides bright, fresh fruit. August has lots of green veggies and eggplant galore. September shifts into root veggies and October launches into squash season. It's so much fun to cook creatively with the vegetables I get and I love being surprised by what's in the box every week.