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St. James Supports Community Shared Agriculture

Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) model is a way of bringing a community together through food. It's also a way for a community to support a farm, and in doing so, get access to high quality produce not generally available through retailers, often for less than it would cost at retail price.

The way it works: people become members by signing up and paying their membership fee. This fee entitles them to a season's worth of amazing, fresh, locally and organically grown produce. So as a member, you pay once, and then you receive a 'share' of the harvest.

St. James is pleased to support two local CSAs. In lieu of rent, these two organizations provide us with wonderful fresh vegetables that support such in-house programs as the Community Kitchen and the Fall Country Market as well as allow us to make regular donations to Chalmers Community Services Centre.

 

Winter CSA

 

The Green Team is welcoming Green Being Farm to the church for the fourth year running. To find out more about Green Being Farm and the CSA program please go to their website http://www.greenbeingfarm.ca

This CSA is a little different as it is a winter CSA. Green Being Farm’s program begins at the end of October and runs until late February. They will bring their produce to the church hall and meet the CSA members there once every other week. It is in this way that members get to know one another a little better, and connect with the farmers growing their food.

 

Summer CSA

 

Starting in the summer of 2013, Terra Verde Homestead began to distribute shares at St. James.  They provide a weekly CSA program running from May until October.   To find out more about this summer CSA please go to their website at http://terraverdehomestead.weebly.com/.

Terra Verde Homestead is a 10 acre farm in North Wellington County, 20 km south-east of Mount Forest. 1.5 acres of the farm is dedicated to a market garden and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).  They also raise a variety of heirloom chickens, Indian Runner Ducks, honeybees, and are in the process of developing fruit and nut orchards, perennial berries, and flowers.

The farmers of Terra Verde love eating fresh, local food and love growing fresh, delicious vegetables for others even more!   They aim to foster a sustainable land ethic and use only organic methods and inputs on our farm.

Produce: Terra Verde grows a wide range of vegetables including: lettuce (head and leaf), micro greens, kale, swiss chard, tomatoes, beans, zucchini, cucumbers, peas, radishes, beets, carrots, potatoes, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, turnip, winter squash, pumpkins, and herbs.   They also offer free-range egg shares.  Their delicious honey and homemade beeswax candles will be available for purchase in late summer and fall.