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Community Supported Agriculture May 21, 2013

Posted by MrMusselman in Burlington Community.
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Where does your food come from? Such a simple question can be more complex than you think. While most everyone in Burlington has likely purchased food at one of its many supermarkets, that doesn’t answer the question. Where does all of that food come from? The answers might surprise you. Some of the food you eat may come from places you have never heard of several thousands of miles away. With food sources so far off, its tough to know what kinds of fertilizers or pesticides a farmer has used on their foods. What’s more, the cost to move that food from their field to the market can be very expensive for you and the environment!

For those looking for peace of mind, there is an alternative to supermarkets: Community Supported Agriculture or “CSA.” A CSA is a group of individuals who pledge to support one or more local farms, with growers of many fruits and vegetables sharing the risks and benefits of food production with their supporters.

CSA members pay before the growing season begins for a portion of the expected harvest. As the food becomes ripe and mature for picking they receive shares of  the vegetables and fruit, delivered or picked up every one or two weeks.

Community Supported Agriculture has many benefits. They support jobs for local farmers and growers while reducing the environmental cost needed to move food from field to plate. Recently there has been a lot of buzz around CSAs (sometimes referred to as “farmshares”) around the faculty at Burlington High School. Guidance counselor, Stephanie Diozzi was kind enough to organize the collective knowledge of the BHS faculty into a go-to guide for those interested in joining a CSA. With her permission the Science Center has published her findings below!

Greater Burlington area:

Farmer Dave’s The most recommended farm by BPS faculty. “Close to organic,” almost exclusively fruit & veggies.

Boston Organics delivers. Not quite a local farm share since they offer products (and produce) from all over the world, but is a good option for people who live within their delivery areas.

Wilson Farm Lexington “Close to organic,” fruits and vegetables, fish and flower shares.

Bear Hill Farm Tyngsborough Pick up at farm. Vegetables, herbs, eggs.

Farmers to You Waltham

Dragonfly Farms Pickup in Allston, Westford, Acton

World Peas Pickup in Lowell

Ms. Diozzi ultimately went with, Misty Brook, and organic farm with a Boston-based farm share, which also sells their produce in the Union Square farmers’ market of Somerville. If you have another CSA you’d like to add to the list provided here, please share it in the comments section so we can update our list!

If you missed our post last month, Burlington has started taking its first steps towards their own community garden space. Located behind Francis Wyman Elementary School, the garden grand plans include space for a CSA and a community learning space for learners of all ages to enjoy while learning about agriculture.

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