Nutrition for a Lifetime supports local farmers and wants to educate you on how to do the same! Most of the produce you are buying in your local grocery store has been picked days and even weeks before it gets to your family’s dinner table! Large, commercial farms are using enormous amounts of herbicides and pesticides which are passed along to you and your loved ones! Organic farms do not use either of these. By purchasing your produce locally you are putting that money back into your local community along with the benefits of receiving the freshest and most nutrient dense foods each week.
There are almost two million farms in the USA. About 80% of those are small farms, and a large percentage are family owned. More and more of these farmers are now selling their products directly to the public. They do this via CSA’S, farmers markets, food coops, u-picks, farm stands, and other direct marketing channels. Would you like to support your local farmer? Go to the Local Harvest website (Click Here!) and enter your zip code to find these valuable resources near you.
Community-supported agriculture is an alternative, locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme. Often, CSAs also include herbs, honey, eggs, dairy products and meat, in addition to conventional produce offerings. In theory a CSA can provide any product to its members, although the majority of CSA operations tend to provide produce, fruits, and various edibles. Some CSA programs also include cut flowers and various ornamental plants as part of their weekly pickup arrangement. Some CSAs provide for contributions of labor in lieu of a portion of subscription costs. Visit Local Harvest (Click Here), enter your zip code and find a CSA near you.
What is a CSA?
(JenBTV (Jen Boulden) Community Supported Agriculture video)
Buy Local, Buy Fresh
Virginia Beach Farmers Market
Old Beach Farmers Market
Virginia Garden Organic Grocery
Organic Food Depot
Local Harvest site