DENVER - Community Supported Agriculture Programs, also known as "farm shares," are quickly sprouting up across the county and are in their prime here in Colorado.
Now, more than ever, people want fresh, local food, that still tastes great and they want to know where and how it's grown. Nationally, the number of shared, community and sustainable gardens grow every day.
In Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins Community Supported Agriculture has become a way for farmers to sell their products directly to the consumers.
How CSA's work
Consumers pay a fee at the beginning of the season when farmers needs money for seeds, fertilizer and other seasonal startup costs.
In return, the consumer receives a bounty of farm-raised goods on a weekly or monthly schedule as farmer's harvest their crops.
Consumers are technically "buying" a share of the farm's production.
Slow Food Denver, an organization that is trying to build a sense of community through locally grown food, says "farm shares" reconnect consumers to the food system. "Farm shares" create a direct relationship between those that grow food and those that consume it—which is the complete opposite of the supermarket experience, Slow Food Denver explained.
Slow Food Denver is holding a CSA fair Tuesday, March 25 from 5-8 p.m. at The Horse Barn (Posner Center) located at 1031 33rd Street in Denver, where residents can meet farmers and pick their potential plots of land.
To learn about other ways to get involved in sustainable agriculture go to Slow Food Denver's Events page.