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Community and Community Supported Agriculture

April 8, 2010

From the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce

Agri-business continues to constitute a sizable portion of the economy in Huntington County. There are approximately 700 farms covering 188,000 acres. Soybeans, corn, and wheat are the principal crops. Recent figures show 58,000 head of hogs and 7,900 head of cattle. One of the nation’s leading producers of laying hens operates a major facility near Warren. The sale of crops and livestock produce a gross income of over $60.6 million and purchases by these same farms topped $60.3 million in 1995.

Well, that is not the most current information, but 60 million dollars worth of business is nothing to sneeze at, either.

From a small farm in Carmel, Indiana

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a mutually beneficial partnership between a local farm and a community that desires fresher, healthier, locally grown produce. Before the harvest season begins each CSA member purchases a produce share. As a shareholder in the farm, a CSA member receives a weekly box of the highest quality produce.  By obtaining food from local farmers members are directly supporting small family farms in their community as well as receiving the freshest available produce. Payment is required before the season begins to provide a stable financial base for the farm. This allows the farmer to purchase seeds, hire labor, and get the season started without having to take out high-interest loans.

Shares are provided in 2 sizes:

A Full Share is estimated to be enough produce for an average family of 4 omnivores (folks who eat both plants and animals as their primary food source).

A Half Share should suffice for a family of two omnivores.


Here’s an example of what might be in your box (by season):

Spring: Arugula, Lettuce Mix, Radishes, Swiss Chard, Beets, Spinach

Summer: Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil, Green Beans, Eggplant, Cucumber, Watermelon, Zucchini, Carrots

Fall: Broccoli, Fennel, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Winter Squash, Celeriac, Parsnips

So,,, I found that interesting. This small farmer from Carmel has a really neat website, with lots more information and an interesting slide show. You can learn a lot more by visiting them here:

http://www.balancedharvest.com/content/1865

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