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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….


Ask the Expert: Andrew Mefferd

Before writing The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook: Organic Vegetable Production Using Protected Culture, Andrew Mefferd spent seven years in the research department at Johnny’s Selected Seeds, traveling around the world to consult with researchers and farmers on the best practices in greenhouse growing. Andrew has graciously agreed to offer up his expertise to our […] Read More

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New French edition of The Resilient Farm and Homestead available

Great news for French-speaking fans of Ben Falk’s The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach. The French language translation is now available from Imagine Un Colibri, from French booksellers, and on Amazon.fr. Falk’s book is a technical manual that details the strategies he and his team have developed for […] Read More

How to Make Biochar

Doing some spring cleaning around your property? By making biochar from brush and other hard-to-compost organic material, you can improve soil—it enhances nutrient availability and also enables soil to retain nutrients longer. This excerpt from The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume 3, explains how to get started. To make biochar right in your garden, start by […] Read More

Generosity as Activism, and Other Homesteading Principles to Live By

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