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Video: What is Community Supported Agriculture?

After more than a century of industrialization, Americans have lost touch with our food. More often than not, produce is shipped from thousands of miles away – opposite coasts, or even other countries. Knowing where your food came from is the exception, rather than the rule, these days.

As factory farming, environmental devastation, and diseases such as salmonella and E. coli become more prevalent, some farmers and food lovers are saying “Enough is enough.” They’ve created a new way of selling produce that’s better for the farmer, better for the consumer, and better for the community.

Community supported agriculture is becoming increasingly popular in a variety of communities throughout the country. Learn more about it in this informational video.

Many thanks to Keena Tracy, of Little Ridge Farm, a community supported farm based in Lisbon, Maine, for sharing her insights.

And if this video has inspired you buy a farm share, visit Local Harvest to find the CSA nearest you.

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