I'm in Louisville, KY for a couple of days ... meetings with Gannett. Anyway, I'm sitting here in my hotel room (The Brown), think about life, health and the earth (seriously, I am. That and the election returns). Anyway, I was thinking about what I could do to start being a more environmentally conscious parent.
Local Harvest .... that's what I can and want to do to provide my little girl (and husband) with healthier food and also help protect our natural resources. I read about Local Harvest on Real Simple Magazine and it's a great idea.
Local Harvest gets you in touch with Community Supported Agriculture, local farms where you can receive a weekly or monthly basket of produce, flowers, fruits, eggs, milk, coffee, or any sort of different farm products. Not only to you taking home food that's in most cases organic and better for your body, you are supporting local farmers and cutting down on the pollution created by shipping produce around the country.
Why Is Community Supported Agriculture Important (according to Local Harvest)?
- CSA's direct marketing gives farmers and growers the fairest return on their products.
- CSA keeps food dollars in the local community and contributes to the maintenance and establishment of regional food production.
- CSA encourages communication and cooperation among farmers.
- CSA supports the biodiversity of a given area and the diversity of agriculture through the preservation of small farms producing a wide variety of crops.
- CSA creates a sense of social responsibility and stewardship of local land.
- CSA puts "the farmers face on food" and increases understanding of how, where, and by whom our food is grown.