12 local farms and meat producers to share CSA information in Cambridge

By Anonymous Wicked Local Somerville

Posted Jan 25, 2011 @ 01:18 PM

Somerville —

TheMOVE will host the second Cambridge/Somerville Farm Share Fair on Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St., Harvard Square.

The fair will bring together 12 local farms and meat producers to provide information about their CSA (community supported agriculture) share options. Finding information on CSAs can otherwise be difficult and time-intensive, especially for consumers who are new to the model. Additionally, few new consumers expect to conduct their search during the wintertime, when the great majority of shares are sold.

The first Farm Share Fair, held in January 2010 at the Somerville Public Library, attracted 220 attendees in a one-hour span, a turnout that shocked and energized everyone present and overwhelmed the space. The 2011 Farm Share Fair will be in a larger venue over a longer duration. Two hundred and fifty to 300 attendees are anticipated. Admission is free.

A CSA share is a weekly box of locally produced vegetables or meats, delivered by producers to centralized pickup locations throughout Greater Boston. Shareholders purchase their shares before the season begins, which helps farmers when they need financial support the most, for crop startup. A typical summer vegetable share lasts 20 weeks from June through October and costs $30 per week for 12 to 15 pounds of produce ($2 to $2.50 per pound).

TheMOVE (the Massachusetts Outdoor Volunteer Experience, www.getoutma.org) is a grassroots community organization that organizes reflective farm-volunteer workdays for diverse groups across the Boston area to spread the ethic of stewardship throughout the community by reconnecting folks with the social and natural systems that sustain us daily.

Zing Pizza and Bondir Restaurant will be financially sponsoring the event. The event will also be co-sponsored by the Northeast Organic Farm Association — Massachusetts, Somerville Climate Action, GreenPort and Groundwork Somerville.

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