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• Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA’s, are a great way to support local farmers, eat local and organic produce, and make our region more sustainable.

Source: Equiterre

The family farmers in our community supported agriculture (CSA) network are taking orders for the summer season of deliveries. 

From June to October, nearly 100 farms will deliver weekly summer baskets of fresh, locally grown, organic produce to more than 500 drop-off points across the province.

Features:

  • 6 to 12 varieties of vegetables in each basket
  • possibility of continuing in the winter (winter basket)
  • option of ordering organic meat

To make it even more convenient for you this year, we are offering more drop-off points at Metro grocery stores, as well as in some Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) train stations. 

Sign up now! (In French only, our apologies).

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• Tuesday, September 04th, 2012

Organic farming guideSource: Equiterre

Family farmer Jean-Martin Fortier, whose Eastern Townships microfarm, Les jardins de la Grelinette à St-Armand, owned with partner Maude-Hélène, has been hailed, at home and abroad, as a model of its form, has written a guide, based on his decade of experience, for aspiring organic farmers, both amateur and professional alike. The book, Le jardinier-maraîcher, Manuel d’agriculture biologique sur petite surface, an Ecosociété publication, hit bookstore shelves on August 28.

This how-to guide, which features a foreword by Equiterre cofounder Laure Waridel, is destined to become a reference in organic agriculture. It looks at the technical aspects of small scale farming, with a focus on community supported agriculture, but also shows how this type of agriculture imbues the lives of those who choose it with special meaning.

Now available in all good bookshops. (In French only.)

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• Tuesday, April 03rd, 2012

It’s that time of year again. Sign up for a weekly or bi-weekly basket of fresh, local food from a farmer via Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).

Source: Equiterre

  • Encourage pesticide-free farming in your area…
  • Discover rare and heirloom produce…
  • Eat healthy food…

Join the thousands of Quebecers who receive a weekly basket full of locally grown fruit and vegetables from a family farmer.

  1. Use our Find a drop-off point page (in French only, our apologies)
  2. Scroll down to LISTE DES POINTS DE CHUTES
  3. Select Fruits, Légumes (vegetables) or Viande (meat).
  4. Select an area from the Emplacement menu.
  5. Select a city.
  6. Where applicable, select a neighbourhood.
  7. Click Appliquer.
  8. Contact the farmer directly to sign up.
  9. Feel good about helping a local farmer pursue their dream of farming on a small, sustainable scale.
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• Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Potato RevolutionGreece offers a potential view of the future for North America. Their solutions to difficult problems can be implemented now, without economic crisis. Sign up for a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) food basket and buy fresh, local food directly from farmers. More information about CSA’s in Montreal.

Source: Waking Times

As incomes fall and retail prices rise, Greeks have found an ingenious way to pay three times less than they usually would for potatoes.

The craze, which some are already starting to call the “Potato Revolution,” began in the northern town of Katerini two weeks ago. A group of local activists set up a website to allow people to order potatoes directly from local farmers, and then pick them up in a parking lot on the weekends. Their project was an instant hit. In the past two weeks, they’ve already sold 100 tons of potatoes, and inspired agricultural students in Thessaloniki to launch a similar program. Dozens more cities across Greece are planning to follow suit.

Since the farmers sell the potatoes for a higher price than they would be able to sell them to distributors – but for less than what supermarkets charge customers – both the farmers and their customers win.

Every little bit helps for crisis-hit Greeks. Austerity measures have led to pensions and salaries being repeatedly slashed, as well as to a steep rise in unemployment – one in five Greeks are now jobless. On top of this, the government has raised taxes in a bid to curb its debt.

“We thought, why not cut out the middleman?”

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• Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Source: Caia Hagel

My friend has been farming for several years now and is starting her very own Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) this year. Her produce is BEYOND organic…they refuse to even use heavy machinery on the farm, instead opting to do everything by hand. She is taking 20 subscriptions for summer baskets this year and I thought some of you might be interested.

Trente Arpents Community Supported Agriculture – 2012 Season

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership wherein members and growers share the risks and benefits of a human-scaled and sustainable form of agriculture. Members commit to paying a portion of the price up front, which allows the growers to cover the costs incurred in the spring. In return, the growers commit to providing their members with a weekly share of fresh, high quality, local, healthy and ecological vegetables.

Although we are not certified organic, we practice farming in this way:

  • All of our vegetables are grown, from seed to harvest, using only hand tools. This style of cultivation ensures minimal tillage, which otherwise damages soil structure. Using hand tools also helps to both reduce the amount of time the vegetables are exposed to noxious substances from machinery, and minimizes our dependence on fossil fuels.
  • We use unheated cold-frames (built primarily from reclaimed windows) to start our vegetable seedlings and extend the season.
  • We do not use pesticides or herbicides of any kind, even varieties sanctioned for organic production.
  • We reclaim a variety of organic refuse (potential landfill) for use in our composting systems.

You might say we are primarily in the business of growing soil, and it is our belief that healthy plants grow from both healthy soil and ecosystems; building these are our main focus.

Trente Arpents Shares

We are offering 3 share sizes:

  1. Single at 20$ (for one person); or $425 for the season
  2. Double at 30$ (for a couple) ; or $625 for the season
  3. Family at 40$ (for a family of two adults and 2 children); or $825
    for the season

There is a one-time, annual transportation charge of $25.00

Members receive a share of a variety of vegetables every week for a period of 20 weeks, beginning mid-June and going until the end of October. The contents of the share will change each week according to seasonal availability, but will always include a fresh herb, salad greens, and a bunch of cooking greens, amongst other things.

The vegetables are delivered right to your home. The day and time of the delivery remains the same throughout the season (to be determined, most likely Wednesday evenings).

The vegetables will be minimally packaged and minimally washed in order to preserve freshness.

There is also the possibility of obtaining other local and sustainable products, such as meat, cheese, honey, oil, and fruits, at an additional cost.

Please inquire if you are interested.

Registration form Trente Arpents- 2012

If you would like to register, please email the following information to: info@trentearpents.ca

Name

Address

Telephone Number

Email

Share Option

A 10% deposit + transportation fee is required to complete registration and ensure your share (non-refundable). Deposits are due on or before February 28, 2012.

The remaining balance can either be paid in full (before the first delivery), in monthly installments (due at the beginning of the month), or weekly at the time of delivery.

It is important that you let us know in advance if you will be away and will not be needing your share for that week.

Thank you for supporting Trente Arpents!

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• Saturday, November 05th, 2011

Quebec CSA drop off pointsSource: Equiterre

A farmer’s basket full of healthy, locally grown vegetables, delivered directly to your workplace once a week? Find out how easy it is to host a drop-off point for the Quebec community supported agriculture (CSA) network.

Our family farmer program, started in 1995, provides food to an estimated more than 30,000 people each year. It helps Quebecers adopt a sustainable diet, and encourages local farmers.

Ingredients for a healthy workplace

We can help you set up a drop-off point in your workplace. Many hospitals, businesses and academic institutions already have a family farmer, including, in 2010, RONA, Standard Life, CHUL, Demix and Ubisoft.

Simply follow the steps outlined in our set-up guide to establish a relationship with a family farmer.

For more information, contact our community supported agriculture (CSA) team at 514 522-2000, ext. 295 (toll free, 1 877 272-6656) or by email at infoasc@equiterre.org

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• Monday, April 25th, 2011

Awesome idea. Imagine building a tractor so that you could start your own Organic CSA farm! Imagine creating a pressed-earth brick maker to assemble your own house!

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• Saturday, December 26th, 2009

This has real potential as a solution to re-define wealth that calls back to an earlier definition:  a roof over your head, clothes on your back, running fresh water and fresh food grown nearby. And the concept is analogous to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) where many individuals invest in the health and prosperity of a nearby farm.

Source: Alternet

The goals and structure of the the [Slow Money] movement are fairly amorphous — cynics might say squishy — more on the philosophical than pragmatic level for the time being. Tasch’s recent book “Inquiries Into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered” (Chelsea Green) aims to spark and incubate investment at all levels in local or regional food systems. This means not only organic farms, dairies and ranches, but food processing facilities, food artisans (makers of jelly, cheese, etc.) and retail or distribution networks, restaurants and stores.

“It is two things: a new way of thinking about money at a macro level, in terms of philanthropy and social investing, and on the ground it is getting money into local food systems,” said Tasch. “Our objective is a very robust network at regional and local levels across the U.S. — many, many players who are all interested in the same goal: rebuilding local food systems.”

Butterworks Farm in Vermont practices "Slow Money"

Butterworks Farm in Vermont practices "Slow Money"

“People joining CSAs and shopping at farmers markets is the beginning of this sea change. People think of those as consumer rather than investment dollars, but they are a kind of investment.”

How much Slow Money can raise remains to be seen. Rather than using a venture capital model they are seeking to mobilize hundreds of thousands of members contributing millions of dollars per year which will then be used to seed the nurture capital industry. Founding members — 150 of them — contributed at least $1,000 each. And the overarching goal, Tasch said, is connecting investors with food systems in their own regions.

Lazor said organic farms will likely never be as profitable for investors as more traditional stocks, but he thinks people are increasingly seeing such investments as an attractive option in the holistic sense.

“People’s perceptions of good [financial] risks are the traditional exploitative and extractive industries that are ruining the earth,” he said. “Folks that have the dough are going to need to be satisfied with a lower return on their dollar, and get their satisfaction from knowing they’ve made the earth a better place.”

Slow money involves the belief that investment in sustainable local food systems is likely to pay off financially in the long run, since it simply makes more sense and curbs the costly environmental and health damage wrought by industrial agriculture. But it may not pay off quickly — hence the “slow” — and the payoff may not come in direct dollars back to the investor but rather tangible or intangible benefits to food producers, the environment and the general public.

Slow money proponents see the economic crisis, paired with increasingly alarming news about the effects of climate change and environmental degradation, as an opportunity for a new economic and agricultural paradigm.

“Our historical experience with global industrial finance is now in question — people are not completely sanguine about the prospects of venture capital and investing in China as it has been practiced,” said Tasch. “There’s a lot of economic uncertainty, so just the idea of diversification, putting one percent of our money to work in local food systems, is more attractive. And the number of people just interested in food is at an all-time high, people are starting to understand problems with industrial agriculture, industrial food.”

Tasch is hoping to get thousands of signatories to the Slow Money Principles, which include, “We must bring money back down to earth” and “We must build a nurture capital industry.” Whether or not people invest or donate, he hopes people use the holiday spirit to forward the principles far and wide.