Friday, July 13, 2012

The Marra Farm CSA

In June we kicked off our second season of Lettuce Link's CSA at Marra Farm! A CSA, which stands for community supported agriculture, is a way for consumers to purchase produce directly a farmer. Customers pay upfront at the start of the season, when farmers have high expenses, and then receive a share of the harvest weekly. 

We are very excited for this year’s CSA and truly appreciate everyone’s support as we enter our second year of the project. Although our CSA is small (5-8 subscribers per ten-week session), we package each bag with care. We hope that the funds generated from selling a small percentage of our harvest will help support our work and give our program greater financial stability.

With that in mind, we are happy to report that our crops are growing wonderfully. Hopefully the warm temperatures and sunshine that we have been graced with will be staying for the long haul. Last week, middle-schoolers from the VOICE (Volunteer Outreach in Communities Everywhere) program on Mercer Island and Seattle teens from the Student Conservation Association Summer Crew helped with our weekly harvest. With their help we harvested a variety of fresh produce, including carrots, beets, peas, chard, kale and broccoli for both the CSA bags and the local food banks we support.

We are optimistic that with this nice weather the tomatoes will eventually be ready, so stay tuned!

A blog post by Wendy, DukeEngage summer intern. Check out her other blog reflections here.

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