This handy dandy book discusses soil preparation, bed digging, sustainability, compost, fertilization, seed propagation, garden planning, companion planting, and how to maintain a balanced garden ecosystem. We will be roughly following the 4-Person Family Food Garden plan that discusses a 6-month growing season on 1,302 square feet. We already have some fruit trees in our yard, so we will omit the 7 bare root fruit trees from the plan.
We already have our cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower in the beds, so next will be brussels sprouts (if we choose to plant these), lettuce, celery, and parsley. These are to be planted in flats 6 weeks BEFORE the last frost of spring, so they are on the agenda right away.
This brings me to the real focus of this post, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). If you are not familiar with this term, it is when individuals in a community support local growers on a local level. If you do not have a garden, and have no interest or ability to grow your own food, it would be great if you would choose to support your local growers by pledging to support a particular farm if any in your area participate.
Basically, you find a farm that offers food for direct purchase to you, the consumer. You pay them weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, and you receive a supply of food from that farm. This could be eggs, produce, fruits, milk, meats, or whatever that farm produces. Some farms require that you pay seasonally all at once, but my experience has been with those who charge a monthly fee. To find CSA participating farms, you can check at Local Harvest.org. If you have a food co-op, join! And ask there about any CSAs in you area.
Other great sites to visit are:
100 Mile Diet: Local Eating for Global Change
PBS Article about "Becoming a Locavore" (I don't personally like the term 'Locavore'...but I should have been quicker on the uptake when we were coining a title...)
Eat Local Challenge
This spring, summer, and fall, take the EAT LOCAL CHALLENGE.
Now, even more than last year, small businesses and employees of small businesses will depend on community members for their livelihood, and this includes small and medium sized farms.
Eat healthy. Eat well. Eat Local.