I love my CSA, for getting the freshest local veggies, knowing that I am supporting the farmers in my community, connecting with likeminded neighbors and investing in my local food system – it’s the best. But sometimes I get a little overwhelmed with just how many gorgeous veggies I come home with every week, and I know I’m not alone. Here are a few tips and tricks, if you’re like me and you love your CSA, but need strategies for using everything effectively.
Spring has officially sprung! As you shake off the winter haze, now is the perfect time to start planning thinking about where your food is coming from this summer. Which community farmers market will you attend? Will you plant your own garden? Should you join a CSA? There are so many options for accessing local food!
Did you know that, among our state’s many notable agricultural distinctions, Michigan is home to one of the small handful of meat-exclusive community-supported agriculture (CSA) farms scattered across the United States?
RC Organic Farms has been farming at our current location in Macomb County since 1945 when my Grandfather Norvel bought this farm and began Dairy farming. My Father Ron Campau (hence RC) was born here at the farm where he continued Dairy Farming until 1997 a year after he certified the farm to organics and started crop farming.
The return of the longer days, bouts of sunshine, and the promised pop of crocus and snowdrops have signaled that spring is here. If you’re like me, you’re dreaming of your garden and the tastes of fresh, local produce. To ensure that you have consistent access to the upcoming seasonal bounty, consider signing up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. In general, every farm has a unique CSA model. However, in most CSA models, consumers pay a set price at the beginning of the season for a subscription to fresh vegetables.
The Michigan Statewide CSA Working Group announces the release of the first Michigan CSA Farm Survey. Data from this survey serves as a critical underpinning toward developing broad strategies to support Michigan’s CSA farmers and their communities.
If you are currently a CSA farmer, or have had a CSA operation in the past, please consider taking this survey. Individual responses will be kept confidential. Aggregated data and analysis will be used to inform local and state agencies how to proactively address the needs of Michigan’s CSA farms and farmers.
Survey Link: http://bit.ly/MICSASurvey
The Michigan Statewide CSA Working Group includes:
- Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS)
- Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI)
- Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
- Michigan State University Extension
- West Michigan Growers Group
- Oakland Ave Urban Farm
- Great Lakes CSA Coalition
- Taste the Local Difference
- Allen Neighborhood Center
- Greater Lansing Food Bank
Signing up for a CSA (stands for community supported agriculture) is the best weekly subscription you can get.
It might be surprising to hear, but finding the perfect CSA Farm is a lot like choosing a love match.
The MSU Student Organic Farm (SOF) began as a student project and has grown into a 15-acre, year-round teaching and production farm. The farm is certified organic and utilizes a combination of passive solar greenhouses (hoophouses) and outdoor field production to grow a variety of fresh produce year-round. Production is carried out by the SOF and OFTP (Organic Farmer Training Program) Staff and dedicated students, the SOF farm crew, and wonderful volunteers. The farm also collaborates with MSU faculty to create learning opportunities for other students at MSU through courses in organic farming, interdisciplinary experiential educational activities, and research opportunities.
If you’re looking for a easy way to consistently access local food, consider joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.