The snow is melting and spring is right around the corner. For many people this means it is time to sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) summer share at a local farm. CSA’s offer a unique opportunity for individuals to pledge to support a local farm, and share the risks and benefits of food production with the farmers. CSA’s typically consist of a system of weekly delivery or pick-up of vegetables and fruit, and occasionally dairy and meat products.
Long Meadow Farm located in West Gardiner, Maine will be offering a unique opportunity for families who are participating in WIC or SNAP (food stamps) to become shareholders in their CSA this season. Long Meadow Farm has received a grant that will pay $150 of the $350 cost of a CSA share, with the rest paid through the family’s WIC or SNAP funds. This grant has allowed for Long Meadow Farm to enlist up to six families for the 2011 season. There are still one or two available slots.
A share in Long Meadow Farm’s CSA will provide 20 weeks of fresh organic vegetables from June-October, 2011. A small share generally provides enough vegetables for a family of two adults and two children for the 20-week period. CSA members will receive a weekly newsletter with recipes showing how to prepare their vegetables. The farm also schedules two-three potlucks per year for members to come to the farm and get to know each other. They encourage members to come to the farm at their convenience to pick flowers and herbs at no added expense to them.
If you or someone you know would be interested in using WIC or SNAP dollars to participate in this new opportunity, please contact Long Meadow Farm. They also have participated in the WIC Program for the last four years and are able to accept SNAP purchases through the Gardiner Farmers’ Market.
Long Meadow Farm received this grant from Wholesome Wave Foundation. Wholesome Wave also gave similar grants to Small Wonder Organics located in Bowdowinham, Maine and Hatchet Cove Farm located in Warren, Maine. In addition to grants such as these, Wholesome Wave offers a Double Value Coupon Program which double’s the value of SNAP benefits when used at participating farmer’s market’s nationwide. Maine has several farmer’s markets’ that are participating in this program. Are you looking for a new way to get involved with the battle to end hunger? Contact Wholesome Wave for a variety of volunteer opportunities.