What’s a CSA?

What is Community Supported Agriculture? How does it work to get fresh, local vegetables into your community each season? Why is that important for farming, your health and the Earth?

Certified organic vegetable growers will give a talk and answer questions about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 1st at the Oak Park Public Library, Main Branch.  The public is welcome to attend at no charge.  RSVPs to Green Home Experts are appreciated, but not necessary.

This method of subscribing for a full season of fresh produce from a local farmer started in Japan and Europe in the 1960s, making its way to the United States in the 1980s. It has grown from just two CSA farms on the East Coast to more than 3,000 listed on the Local Harvest web site.

Scotch Hill Farms is a member of the Madison Area CSA Coalition, in which all growers must be certified organic. The regional coalition also helps make vegetable subscriptions more affordable to low income families through a Partner Shares program, which raises funds annually to go 50-50 on purchase of organic vegetable subscriptions with qualifying households.

In the CSA program, Dela and Tony will explain how growers practice Community Supported Agriculture. Scotch Hill is entering its 16th year as a CSA garden and small-scale livestock farm, delivering to households in Fitchburg, Middleton, Janesville, and Madison, WI as well as Chicago and Oak Park. The farm started with 5 subscribers in Janesville in 1994, growing to 215 subscribers last year.  Scotch Hill delivers to Green Home Experts, 823 S. Oak Park Ave., in Oak Park.

Scotch Hill’s goal this year is to serve at least 300 households and make it possible for son Micah Ends to enter the growing operation as a partner. Micah is working to complete his associate’s degree in agri-business at Blackhawk Technical College in Monroe, WI.

For more information, please contact Maria Onesto Moran, President of Green Home Experts, at (708) 660-1443 or maria@ghexperts.com.


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    Tammy McLeod said,

    good luck with your CSA! We’ve been doing it for a few years and really love it. It keeps $ in the local economy by supporting a local farm, offers produce that is much more fresh and really cuts down on the use of fossil fuels that so much of our food uses to travel to us.

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