Our local food economy is vibrant yet fragile. Farmers often struggle to balance the costs and risks associated with farming. We can all play a role in supporting small-scale, local farmers to ensure that our community has access to fresh, whole foods grown in a way that cares for the land and supports an equitable local economy. Seward Co-op maintains direct relationships with our farmers to support a flourishing local supply chain. Many community members shop at the co-op and support local farmers’ markets and urban gardening programs. Another way individuals and families can support a healthy local food system is through community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs.
Community-supported agriculture allows community members to invest in the upcoming harvest in return for a weekly box of produce. The upfront investment helps farmers determine what to grow and in what quantity, allowing them to purchase seeds and supplies for the upcoming growing season.
Seward Co-op invites farmers and producers with CSAs as an opportunity for community members to deepen their support for the local food system. This year, look for traditional vegetable CSAs as well as meat, eggs and flowers. We will also be featuring out-of-the-box models such as community-supported fisheries and bakeries! Supporting CSA programs is an investment in our local food economy.