Sunday, June 5th is your last chance to sign up for Seattle Tilth’s CSA. Earlier this year Seattle Tilth’s Food Hub Manager asked Chaco Greenwood to become a CSA pick-up site and we were excited to accommodate. We’re glad to offer a space for interested community members to pick up their farm fresh produce. Check out Seattle Tilth’s website for more information on how you can become a member and support their incubator farms.
What is a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture is an incredible way to build capital for farmers at the beginning of the farm season. By purchasing your share of produce early in the season, farmers receive income at a time of year when they don’t yet have anything to sell. By purchasing a share of their output ahead of time, the farmer can purchase seeds to put in the ground that will eventually become your cornucopia of summertime- barring environmental disaster. Yes, investing in a CSA is an agreement of trust and will. You are signing up to go along with the roller coaster ride of Mother Nature. But this is exciting! This might mean one year green beans are a plenty and the tomatoes are juicy, or another year it’s mostly kale and cabbage. You just don’t know. We always hope for the best.
An exciting element to Seattle Tilth’s CSA is the support it builds for an aggregate of important community programing. A bulk of Tilth’s CSA contents comes from many different farmers at their Auburn incubator site, which is meant to support new, immigrant, or limited resource farmers. There is also produce grown by the Youth Garden Works program. Buying a share of Tilth’s CSA not only ensures fresh produce for you throughout the season, it also means jobs, growth, and development in our community and stewardship of the land.
Pick-up at our location will be Thursday afternoons (4-8 pm), from June to October. Most other questions can be answered at Tilth’s CSA website.
Did you know at Chaco, our employees can also opt-in to support our local farmers? Through what we call Chaco Supported Agriculture, employees (only) can sign up for organic, weekly produce to be picked up directly at work. It offers us the ability to have purchasing power and buy produce from farmers through the Puget Sound Food Hub, even when it’s not what we’re cooking up in the kitchen. The Food Hub is a great non-profit, cooperatively run network that helps farms sell and distribute their goods through an aggregate format that allows for easier sales and distribution. The benefit to the farmer is selling directly to grocery stores, universities and restaurants like us, while we see that the benefit for us as consumers is fresher produce and knowing more about where our food is coming from.
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