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. Weâ€™re confused about where our food comes from and eager to eat better. CSAâ€™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 masterâ€™s in Food Culture & Communication at Slow Foodâ€™s University of Gastronomic Sciences in northern Italy, after a career in information management and business writing. Sheâ€™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.