CSA: The Acronym of our Time

CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) is perhaps the acronym for our time. Many of us nowadays are questioning the effects of a global market economy on our lives and looking for smaller-scale, community-based alternatives. We’re confused about where our food comes from and eager to eat better. CSA’s might just be the answer. Much more than a weekly veg box, CSAs are really a type of microinvestment, with the interest and capital returned in edible form. A CSA subscription shares risks between growers and eaters and brings them together in a direct and meaningful way. It is a simple, self-financing way for young farmers and many other food producers to create meaningful work in a time of high unemployment; and it helps consumers to take a closer look at where their food comes from.

Bio: Rhona McAdam is a writer, blogger and poet with a passion for food and agriculture. She has had a life-long engagement with food, having worked as a cook and kitchen worker; eaten her way through Europe when working there in the 1990s; and taken a year out to earn a master’s in Food Culture & Communication at Slow Food’s University of Gastronomic Sciences in northern Italy, after a career in information management and business writing. She’s been active in such groups as Haliburton Community Organic Farm, LifeCycles Fruit Tree Project, Gorge Tillicum Urban Farmers and Slow Food Vancouver Island. Best known as a poet (author of five books and two small collections of food poetry) her first book of nonfiction, Digging the City: An Urban Agriculture Manifesto is published by RMB in 2012.

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