Back to the Farm!

It’s no secret that along with the national economy, our Michigan economy is going to get much worse.  So finding ways to cut costs makes sense.  Besides, even if you’re not worried about the economy … gardening is fun!

michigan farmGardens are popping up all over America, partly because of the “green movement.”

Hey, I may be a “global warming denier,” but you don’t need to “go green” to enjoy gardening.  You can do it for the improved quality and taste.  You can garden to be self-sufficient.  You can do it because you’re the type of person who thinks about next year, and the year after that – long-term.  Gardening is taking individual action!

Think about it … we all need to eat, right?  Then having your own healthy garden puts you in ownership of a significant asset!  Take the time to watch the 10 minute video below.

Reading the following article from Mlive.com is how I got thinking about gardening:

A return to the farm

Several small West Michigan farms are promoting the concept, which has developed successfully over the last 20 years on the East and West coasts.

Community Supported Agriculture comes in many varieties. It can range from paying in advance for a summer’s worth of produce to actually doing some of the farm work for a reduced cost when purchasing “shares, memberships or subscriptions” in the farm.

It helps farmers because they receive payment early in the season, which eases the farm’s cash flow … helps the local economy. Money that might have gone for produce raised in South America, now supports a West Michigan farmer …

It helps area residents as well, who are eating ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits … And there’s the sense of community that develops. When people share the risk — and the work — it creates a bond.

There’s an exchange of experiences, and even recipes, that helps strengthen relationships between people who live in the same community but might never interact.

Basically, here’s how Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) works:

A farmer offers “x” amount of “shares” to the public.  A share is usually a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included.  As the consumer, you purchase a share (or “membership”, “subscription”), and in return receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

This isn’t a government program.  This is smart, self-sufficient people working together.  Looks like a smart idea all the way around.  Learn more about it and find participating Michigan farms near you at Local Harvest.

 

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