Donegal’s First Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) at Blissberry Farm Mountcharles will commence January 2014.
Community supported agriculture (CSA) at Blissberry Social Farm consists of a local community of individuals (30+so far) who have pledged support to our farm ‘seed to plate’ operation. Growers and consumers will provide mutual support and share the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members or “shareholders” of the CSA Garden have pledged to cover the anticipated costs of the farm seed to plate operation.
In return, they will receive shares in the CSA Garden’s bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in local food production.
Why a CSA scheme at Blissberry Farm 2014.
Many reasons to name a few . . .
Increased variety of produce. Exposure and access to new food last year at the Blissberry Healthy Gardening Programme led to some creativity in the kitchen. From blueberry and kale smoothies, to fresh tomato salsa and seaweed scones – James McCrudden and I believe each CSA pick-up of fresh produce will lead to an adventure in 2014.
We will have a variety of package offerings designed to meet individual or family needs.
We strongly intend to create a connection between the grower, the ‘seed to plate’ volunteers, our local Country Market and where the food comes from.
New knowledge about sustainable farming practices. Growers and local producers are a wealth of information on crop varieties, planting and harvesting, soil preparation and practices and climate. Besides conversations at markets and on the farm, expertise will be shared through Blissberry Newsletter ‘Seed to Plate’ publications in 2014.
Brings generations and communities together. Rubbing elbows with neighbours, growers, producers, the ‘seed to plate’ volunteers and our local award wining restaurant The Village Tavern will lead to so much more over time.
Growing practices will contain low or no pesticides and hormones.
There is very little travel cost/emissions compared to shipping food hundreds or thousands of miles.
Growers maybe interested in reusing plastic bags, boxes or egg cartons, which leads to more ways of being involved.
More later . . .