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Tuesday
Jan052010

What The Heck Is A CSA? Ambler Farms Event Tells All

Community Supported Agriculture, also known as CSA, has been around for nearly a quarter century (even longer in Europe). However, thanks to growing demand for healthy local food and support for sustainable farming practices, it has never enjoyed as much popularity as it does today. 

For those unfamiliar with CSA, here are the basics: "a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season." - Localharvest.org

On January 11th, from 7-9 Ambler Farm in Wilton, CT, is presenting a CSA information program, featuring three CSA farmers talking about their challenges, their successes and their visions for the future. More information about the event -- and access to the required registration tool -- is available on the Ambler Farm website.

The three speakers are Paul Bucciaglia of Fort Hill Farm in New Milford; Dina Brewster of The Hickories in Ridgefield; and Patricia Popp of Sport Hill Farm in Easton. The event is free of charge for Ambler Farm members, $5 for all others. Contact Neil Gluckin with inquiries at ngluckin@gmail.com.

Ambler Farm 257 Hurlbutt Street Wilton

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Reader Comments (2)

We have been doing the CSA through Patti Popp of Sport Hill Farm for the past two summers and it is truly one of the best things we've ever done as a family. Not only do we get an incredibly huge haul of fresh vegetables in season every week from May-Oct., but my kids have developed a better appreciation for where their food comes from, and they've made a true connection to the land.

My oldest son, Charlie, has done Patti's summer farm camp program in conjunction with the Unquowa School in Fairfield for two summers running, and has learned first-hand how hard it is to plant, grow and harvest vegetables, and how the process is subject to unknown variables like weather, disease, bugs and deer.

A CSA is such a great way to do something good for your family and for the local farming community. And wait until August when you get bags of ripe, juicy heirloom tomatoes. It's worth it for these alone! Stop by Sport Hill Farm in Easton (about 1/4 mile past Silverman's) and meet Patti for yourself. She sells vegetables, breads from Wavehill and fresh eggs in the warmer months; look for the sign to see the list of what's available every day.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristy Colasurdo

Here's the scoop from last night: Patti and Dina are expanding their acres under cultivation and have opened up their waiting lists to new CSA families. This is a rare opportunity so carpe diem. Here's a link describing how to get on their lists for Summer 2010 shares http://fairfieldgreenfoodguide.com/2010/01/11/organic-csas-briefly-open-up-waiting-lists/

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergreenfoodgal

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