Consumers can buy shares to support local farms like Anne Cure’s in Boulder, Colorado. In return they receive weekly boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables. Such arrangements connect consumers with the people who grow their food while strengthening local food systems.
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Cure Organic Farm
8 August 2010
Buying a CSA membership means entering into partnership with a local farmer. The member buys a subscription at the beginning of the season. This cash infusion allows the farmer to pay for seed, water, equipment and labor in the early season when farm expenses are high and farm income is low. In return the farm provides its members with a box of fresh picked seasonal produce each week. CSAs build community by reconnecting its members to the seasons and fostering relationships between members and the people who grow their food.
1. CSA subscribers chose between three box sizes
2. They directly engage farmers who can share the stories behind everything grown on the farm.
3. CSA members are free to create their own boxes, to choose their own produce.
4. If CSA members don’t like an item in their box (beets for example) they can exchange it for something else he
I ASK ANNE CURE WHAT LED HER TO CREATE THIS CSA FOR 175 LOCAL FAMILIES AND SHE SAYS, “THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN KNOWING WHO YOU’RE GROWING YOUR FOOD FOR. That Alicia and Quentin love the fava beans. Mark and Anne who can’t wait for the San Marzanos. Or Oliver and Eli, who will eat these carrots before they leave the farm. We want to share the farm’s stories and create a place people feel a part of. We commit to feeding as many families as our land can healthily provide for. This includes over a hundred varieties of vegetables and flowers grown during the year.”
“Our goal is not to grow food for the whole world. It’s to grow really good food for 175 families.”
“When people learn about their food, how vegetables and animals are raised, they form a deeper relationship with the land.”
ABOUT ANNE CURE
Anne Cure is Farm Manager at Cure Organic Farm. She has farmed in the Pacific Northwest at Full Circle Farm, and in Colorado at Short Grass Farm and Hedgerow Farm. She believes that community involvement is instrumental in the revival of small family farms and actively works to keep agriculture land in the hands of farmers. Anne is dedicated to using sustainable methods that help maintain a healthy farm ecosystem.