Natasha Khanna from Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council browses through fresh organic veggies
Yes we did it…today we started a community supported agriculture program here at the office! With 10 staffers signed up (from different agencies within Special Service for Groups), we committed to working with a local Hmong farmer to purchasing fresh, organic Asian vegetables from him every other week.
More info, pictures and fun if you read more below:
As the USDA defines it: Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a new idea in farming, one that has been gaining momentum since its introduction to the United States from Europe in the mid-1980s. The CSA concept originated in the 1960s in Switzerland and Japan, where consumers interested in safe food and farmers seeking stable markets for their crops joined together in economic partnerships. Today, CSA farms in the U.S., known as CSAs, currently number more than 400. Most are located near urban centers in New England, the Mid-Atlantic states, and the Great Lakes region, with growing numbers in other areas, including the West Coast.
In basic terms, CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Typically, members or “share-holders” of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer’s salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production.
Find out more about our own CSA by clicking any of the links below!
*A special thank you to Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker 5k/10k run for donating reusable tote bags to hold our delicious veggies. Check out the bags in action below!