Community Supported Agriculture
Have you heard of community supported agriculture? If you haven't you're missing out on a great opportunity to go green.
Here's what it is, in a nutshell. To participate in community supported agriculture, you basically buy a portion of a farmers crop(s) before they are planted. During harvest, you get produce. In an essence, you become a shareholder in the farm that you are involved with.
What's Good About It?
For one, it's an extremely eco friendly thing to do. There has been a lot said about buying locally lately, and participating in community supported agriculture helps you to do exactly that. You'll also likely get produce cheaper than if you bought it at your local grocery store.
There are major benefits for the farmer as well. Many farmers borrow money from the bank each year to plant their crops. When they participate in a program like this, they get a large portion of the money needed to plant their crops from the people who are investing in them.
Are There any Drawbacks?
If there is a drawback to community supported agriculture, it's that if the farmer has issues during planting season and the crops don't end up as plan, you'll lose the money that you invested. There is some risk involved.
This type of opportunity is available in every state. If you live in a urban area, don't assume that you can't get involved with CSA - you likely can. Many of the farms involved will deliver products to many central drop-off locations throughout the harvest season.
Check out what's available in your area - you'll be glad you did!