Celebrate the culture of agriculture & share skills (Growing! Cooking! Eating!)

The concept of Community
Supported Agriculture was born from many hungers – hungers for safe,
nourishing food, hungers for healthy rural landscapes and communities,
hungers for connection in an increasingly far-flung and disconnected
world. Specifically, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) began in
1971 when a group of women in Japan recognized
their hungers for a healthy environment, economy and family and sought to satisfy these
hungers by forming a relationship with a local farmer. They agreed to
pay him upfront for a season’s worth of vegetables, so that the farmer
would have enough money for all of the necessary inputs, plus have the
assurance that his produce was sold at a fair price.
The Japanese name that evolved for this sustainable vegetable trade was “teikei,”
which translates as "cooperation" or "link-up", and, in reference to
CSAs, is often translated as “food with a farmer’s face on it.”

This remarkably simple concept has spread since then, feeding hungers
worldwide. In the United States alone there are nearly 2,000 CSAs. Here
at our CSA, we enjoy knowing that what we do facilitates healthful
relationships – relationships with our land, our neighbors, our economy
and our food growers (our Humble Farmer, Farmer Babe, and the Core
Group). In the future, we will be bringing these faces to you and we
hope you will take the time to read these and to introduce yourself to
them when you see them. Our CSA growers love shareholder interaction –
that is part of why they work here at Hand in Hand Community Farm, and
for the Hand in Hand Family at large, for the real relationships that
are forged with shareholders and the wider community. They also
appreciate input from shareholders about what they would like to see at
their farm.

I, as the faithful Farmer Babe, deeply appreciate knowing who is behind the produce I enjoy when I sit down to another
delicious meal featuring Hand in Hand produce. I also enjoy having the
opportunity to chat with our CSA growers, ask them questions, and thank
them for the vital work that they, and all our team members, do. Look
for more information about your CSA growers and about “teikei” in
upcoming blogs.

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