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Orchard Hill CSA

Just a quick note to spread the word that Orchard Hill Farm is expanding its CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.  They are located close to St. Thomas ON, just south of London.   

The idea behind a CSA is that city people share in both the bounty and the risks of the farmer.  We (city slickers) buy a food share at the beginning of the season, and in return, receive a box of fresh, organic produce, once a week for the entire growing seasons.  This guarantees the farmer a fair salary, keeps them on their land with cash up front to buy inputs and equipment as needed, and allows them to grow healthy local food and serve as stewards of the land and the environment.  This CSA even farms with draft horses, so other than gas to pick up your food (have a few friends join and car-pool!) your food will have no carbon footprint.  Unless you count the CO2 passed by the horses!

The shares works out to about $22-5 a week (depending on how long the season lasts), which with the way food prices are predicted to go, will be a very good investment.  I easily spent that at market every week last year.  The shares are enough for two adults with a small child or two, so quite generous.  One option they offer is a “working share” where you pay a reduced price in return for 5 hours of volunteer work over the summer.   This is the option I have chosen as I think it will be a wonderful learning experience to spend some time there. 

All information is available on their webpage

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