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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….


10 Books to Curl Up With This Winter

William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading […] Read More..

Draft Power: The Life-Affirming Alternative to “Big Ag”

Farmers young and old are seeking new ways to shrink their carbon footprint and promote more ecologically friendly ways of getting chores done. So, what’s a modern farmer to do? For some, the centuries old approach of using draft animals—especially horses—is offering a very 21st century solution. Read More..

Top 8 Chelsea Green Books the Self-Styled Oregon Militia Should Read

The ongoing armed militia occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon is showing no signs of ending — so, rather than send them snacks, or sex toys, we had an idea: Send them a book! Better yet, send them several Chelsea Green books. Don’t worry, we’ve picked five key titles that we think […] Read More..

A Book for the Fruit Nerd on Your Holiday Gift List

Have a fruit enthusiast on your holiday shopping list this year? Then give the gift that Booklist calls, “a thorough investigation of one wonderful fruit”—The Book of Pears by Joan Morgan.Sure cherries, plums, peaches, and other fruits have their unique qualities, but nothing quite compares to the pear’s luscious texture, richness of taste, and fragrance reminiscent […] Read More..

Unlock the Secret to the Perfect Salad with Soil Sprouts

As the weather gets colder and seasonal produce only means root vegetables, we begin to dream about fresh greens and colorful salads. Without a greenhouse or expensive equipment, it’s hard to imagine a reality in which you can have fresh and local greens every day. Luckily, Peter Burke has a method: in his book Year-Round Indoor […] Read More..
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