Participating in CSA’s offers the consumer and the producer certain benefits. These benefits incorporate a sustainable model in terms of personal, economic, ecological and community enhancement by allowing access to high quality grown food for local customers. The costumer is able to build a relationship with the farmer and establish a trustworthy local supply of food. Food may be a basic human right, but as you learned from the article this week, industrialized farmers have no relationship with the consumers and therefore have no care for the wellbeing of those consumers. In this relationship there are incentives for the local farmers as well. The consumers pre-pay for their yearly seasonal crops, allowing the farmers to accurately plan his field crops for the year because his crops will be pre-sold. This model allows small farms to compete in the very large market of agriculture.
Today most things that we eat are made of corn or soy bean. Whether it is some sort of altered product or not, corn is the driving factor in our American agricultural system. It is so because it is inexpensive and easy for farmers to mass produce, and manage. However, over the years this has brought a direct correlation with humans become more obese. We eat too much of the same thing each day, corn. This is another way CSA’s can help the American culture get back on track, but we need the consumers to get involved. The consumer has the power to choose, and with that power we can change to better lifestyles, better eating habits, and better health for every human being. In time farmers will no longer be paid subsidies to over produce corn for feeding lots, for clothing products, and for condiments. We can have a more reliable system, we only have to choose.
Through CSA’s people can consume seasonal products and eat a wide variety of chemical free food. In most CSA programs participants are available for the box program. In the box program, the customer receives a delivery each week containing a variety of the farms products and keeps the consumer from eating too much of one thing. The difference is that these products will not be altered with adding corn or soy bean, but they will be healthy whole foods that will increase your energy and keep you healthy. This is also a great method because it allows the farm to alternate their crops and maintain a healthy soil that is suitable for future growing. The farmer will not be paid to mass produce one crop and therefore the farmer will be able to manage the land as a caring individual for the planet and for humans.
Getting involved on the local level is extremely important in today’s times. With the population of San Diego County exceeding 3 million people there are hundreds of mouths that need to be feed. How? The Wild Willow Farm and Education Center strives to meet the heart and hunger of San Diego citizens. When you buy into their CSA you buy into the production and cost of production. Working as a family in ensuring hundreds and thousands of mouths are feed while educating the public through farming practices of a sustainable lifestyle.