A friend of mine was telling me about this thing she’s doing called community farming. She pays $300 a year for, “half a share,” and she gets to take all the vegetables she wants, every other week from the farm. Its $500 a year for a full share and you can take as much as you want every week.
What’s the catch? Well, she has to volunteer three hours a month on the farm. She can do anything she wants: from pulling weeds, to spreading fertilizer, to helping pick berries. She also said that everything on the farm is grown organically and that they have every kind of vegetable you can think of; plus they have fruit and flowers.
Here’s the link:
http://www.lavistacsa.org/index.html to my friend’s farm.
So after hearing about this, I did an organic search of my own. I wanted to find out what kind of community farms were around the St. Louis area. I was surprised to learn that there are dozens and you can check them out here: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/List.asp.
The funny thing is my mother-in-law has a decent sized garden in her backyard right down the street from where I live. She grows carrots, radishes, peppers, lettuce and even jalapenos. I guess if I was really interested in organic and community farming, I should go over to her house. Or better yet, I should send my wife.
But if you’re like me and you’re too lazy to actually do any work, here’s a link to the St. Louis area’s Farmer’s Market where you can still get cheap, fresh, and organic food for a fraction of the grocery stores prices. Plus you’re helping out the little guy. But the best part of these farmer’s markets? The work’s already done for you.