COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE

The average meal travels a total of 1,500 miles to reach your plate. And most of what we pay for our food goes to companies that transport, process and market it, while the people who actually grow food donít get paid enough to keep doing it.

Some communities are finding an alternative. Like them, our goal is to design a safe, nutritious, and sustainable food system based on a socially responsible economic model known as CSA or Community Supported Agriculture. In a CSA program, a committed consumer group shares the financial risk of the farm in exchange for a share of the farmís produce. Consumers get fresh, organically and locally grown produce at reasonable prices. Farmers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the burden of getting their products to market.

Now, you too can become a CSA member right here in Wicomico County. To start, our CSA members can expect weekly shares of fresh vegetables from the week of April 14, 2002 through November 3, 2002. A full share costs $450.00 per year and will provide a family of four with fresh produce for 30 weeks. If a full share is too much, you could find a friend to spilt your share.

As our CSA matures, we hope to extend the season and even offer year-round shares. Our dream goes beyond the typical CSA model. It is our goal to ultimately create a CSA that would include educational demonstrations for school children and training programs for underserved members of our community. In short, we envision a CSA as a way to build community around the most essential, unifying force in our lives: FOOD.

For more information contact :

Jay Martin at (410) 873-2942 or ubuubok@dmv.com

Amy Liebman at (410) 860-9850 or aliebman@intercom.net

CSA MEETING 1/26/02

AGENDA

 

BRIEF HISTORY OF CSA

TYPES OF CSAíS

LEVEL OF COMMITMENT OF ALL PARTICIPANTS

CROP AVAILABILITY AND PREFERENCES

DISTRIBUTION OPTIONS

COST AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

    1. For those that are able to do so, please pay the entire $450 in advance by April 1, 2002.
    2. For those not able to pay the total amount in advance, but can pay half in advance, please pay $225 by April 1, 2002 and $225 by June 15, 2002.
    3. Those paying monthly will be asked to pay in advance each month (months with 4 pick ups $60.00, months with 5 pick ups $75.00).

NEXT STEPS

 

INFORMATION SHEET

NAME:

STREET ADDRESS:

CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE:

TELEPHONE:

FAX:

E-MAIL:

1) BEST WAY TO REACH YOU?

Mail E-mail FAX

2) PICK UP OPTION

FARM SALISBURY

3) PAYMENT

FULL ($450 by April 1, 2002)

HALF ($225 by April 1, 2002 and $225 by June 15, 2002)

MONTHLY

If you are interested in helping out with the CSA there are several areas where we need your help. On the farm we welcome volunteers interested in planting, harvesting or prepping. Off the farm we could use help with our weekly newsletter--content (i.e. recipes, nutritional information, updates) layout and printing. We also need a book keeper. Please let us know how you would like to help.

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Amy Liebman

504 Poplar Hill Avenue

Salisbury, MD 21801

Questions? Call Amy at 410.860.9850 or Jay at 410.873.2942