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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….

We are Farmily: Everyday Life on Sole Food Street Farm

Food is the medium. The message is nourishment in its most elemental and spiritual form.That’s how author Michael Ableman sees the role of Sole Food Street Farm and the food it sells to markets, restaurants, and individuals.In the following excerpt from his new book, Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier, […] Read More

Who Produces More Eggs: Ducks or Chickens?

During our monthlong focus on homesteading in September, we received a number of great questions with several of them centered on … ducks and chickens.Here is one such question that came in via Facebook:“I have read that ducks produce more eggs over a longer lifetime of productivity than chickens, but recently talked with a farmer […] Read More

From Farm-to-Table to Farm-to-Everything

No longer restricted to the elite segments of society, the farm-to-table movement now reaches a wide spectrum of Americans from hospital and office cafeterias to elementary schools and fast-casual restaurants.Nearly a century ago, the idea of “local food” would have seemed perplexing, since virtually all food was local. Today, most of the food consumed in […] Read More

The Three Cs of Farm-to-School

Most people know about the three “R’s” – reading, writing, and arithmetic. But, have you heard about the three “C’s”?If you, or your kid, is at a school that takes part in the Farm-to-School movement, then you may already know about them.October is National Farm-to-School month, and in their book Farm to Table, authors Darryl […] Read More

Homesteading: Highlighting Our Need For Each Other

Homesteading isn’t meant to be a solitary adventure, or done in isolation.Building and living on the independent farmstead takes at least one partner, if not several. That’s the advice of authors Shawn and Beth Dougherty. In their book The Independent Farmstead, The Sow’s Ear model for regenerating the land and growing food covers everything from […] Read More
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