CSAs available for local businesses

Published on Wed, Mar 14, 2012
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Sustainable Connections is having a luncheon in early April to connect businesses with local farmers offering community supported agriculture (CSA) shares.

A CSA is an arrangement between the farmer and customer – the customer pays for their CSA at the beginning of the growing season, thereby investing in the farmer, and then for a specified period of time, receives a weekly box or bin of produce or other goods.

Sustainable Connections began encouraging businesses to sponsor CSA deliveries for employees in 2010. Last year, 16 businesses in Whatcom County signed up for 295 CSA shares, and five farms participated in delivering CSAs to worksites every week from June through October. Between $110,000 and $150,000 in new direct-to-farm sales were generated, strengthening the local economy and providing employees with fresh, nutritious foods.

The Sustainable Connection Workplace CSA luncheon will be held Thursday, April 5, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Sustainable Connections office, 1701 Ellis Street, Suite 221, Bellingham. Cost: Free. Bring a brown bag lunch or $10 for lunch provided by Acme Farms & Kitchen.

For more info, visit www.sustainableconnections.org or call 360/647-7093.