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CSA: Cincinnati Supported Agriculture

Not strictly limited to Cincinnati, of course, but it’s nice to see a major newspaper revealing the news of CSA coolness.
…CSA is a farm management/marketing concept in which growers and consumers share the risks and benefits of food production. “Buying fresh, locally grown food in season supports family farms instead of corporate agriculture,” Craig Harkrider said. “It also keeps food dollars local, with a large multiplying effect in the local economy.” An estimated 30,000 to 50,000 consumers nationwide rely on CSA arrangements for the majority of their produce, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Harkriders have 13 members in their CSA operation. Each has pledged $550 in exchange for a weekly supply of fresh vegetables and flowers from May through October. “I like what Craig is doing. I like his philosophy (sustainable farming), and I like to have food that doesn’t have pesticides on it,” said member Ken Wilson of Reily Township in Butler County….


The Miracle of Farming: Toward a Bio-Abundant Future

Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer’s Le Ferme du Bec Hellouin is a celebrated model of innovative, ecological agriculture in Europe, connected to national and international organizations addressing food security, heralded by celebrity chefs as well as the Slow Food movement, and featured in the inspiring César and COLCOA award-winning documentary film, Demain (Tomorrow).In this excerpt from their […] Read More

Sow Seeds: Stop Walking Around Doing Nothing

“In the last one hundred years, 94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”That’s one of the key takeaways in award-winning author and activist Janisse Ray’s book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food. In her book, Ray […] Read More

True or false? Figs contain dead wasps

They are trees of life and trees of knowledge. They are wish-fulfillers … rainforest royalty … more precious than gold. They are the fig trees, and they have affected humanity in profound but little-known ways. Gods, Wasps and Stranglers tells their amazing story.Fig trees fed our pre-human ancestors, influenced diverse cultures and played key roles […] Read More

Imagination, Purpose & Flexibility: Creating an Independent Farmstead – Q&A (part 1)

Twenty years ago, the land that authors Shawn and Beth Dougherty purchased and have come to name the Sow’s Ear was deemed “not suitable for agriculture” by the state of Ohio. Today, their family raises and grows 90% of their own food.Such self-sufficiency is largely the result of basing their farming practices around intensive pasture […] Read More

Eight Seed-Saving Myths

You don’t have to move to Svalbard, Norway in order to have access to a seed bank.Author and plant breeder Carol Deppe believes that every gardener should have her own seed bank. Even if you aren’t a seed saver, you should have your own seed bank. Even if you never experience any disaster beyond the […] Read More
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