Do you love or dislike beets? What about blackberries, kale, tomatoes and zucchini? Sustainable Harvest Farm is introducing a new, customizable Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that lets members select and personalize their weekly produce delivery.
“A CSA is a subscription to a season’s worth of locally grown fruits and vegetables, but typically the farmer selects the produce customers receive each week,” said Ford Waterstrat, farmer and owner of Sustainable Harvest Farm. “When members join our CSA, we take a different approach and create a planting strategy that allows us to grow what they love and will eat.”
According to the USDA, 30 to 40 percent of the food supply in the United States is wasted. “Food waste is the number one reason folks don’t return to a CSA and we plan to change that by giving members exactly what they want each week,” said Waterstrat. “Eliminating food waste is also important to me as an organic farmer, because I am passionate about protecting the environment.”
Sustainable Harvest Farm is spreading the word about their new customizable program in celebration of national CSA Day on February 23, 2018. On this day, Kentuckians can join residents around the country who are committed to eating healthful foods grown from local farms. According to Small Farm Central, the most popular time to join a CSA each year is at the end of February. To promote this important time for farmers, CSA Day was coined, and each year it falls on the last Friday in February.
“Community-supported agriculture is all about relationships and feeding families,” said Simon Huntley, CEO of Small Farm Central, a company that provides marketing support for small farms and started CSA Day. “CSA farmers typically teach members what’s in season throughout the year, and help them appreciate and cook food to which they may not otherwise be exposed.”
How to Get Involved with CSA Day If Kentuckians would like to celebrate CSA Day and support Sustainable Harvest Farm, they can sign up for a share on February 23, and use the hashtag #CSAday to join the online conversation. To learn more, visit www.harvie.farm/signup/sustainable-harvest-farm or contact us at 859-227-5101.
About Sustainable Harvest Farm
As an environmental enthusiast and educator of health, Ford Waterstrat combined his two passions when he became an organic farmer and started Sustainable Harvest Farm in 2009, enabling him to grow food for the nourishment of the community while protecting the land. The farm produces fresh, USDA-certified organic vegetables, grass-fed beef and pasture pork for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members and Farmers’ Market customers. Sustainable Harvest Farm provides convenient CSA pickup locations for customers in Berea, Knoxville, Lexington, London, Richmond and Somerset. The farm partners with Small Farm Central to offer customizable CSA options based on member preferences. For more information, please visit www.sustainableharvestfarm.com
About Small Farm Central and CSA Day
In 2006, Simon Huntley combined his passion for helping small farmers and his experience in technology to found Small Farm Central. The organization serves the technology needs of small business farmers, including websites, ecommerce, CSA member management and marketing tools. Small Farm Central coined CSA Day in February 2015 to celebrate local agriculture among CSA members and farmers. Small Farm Central has worked with more than 1,000 farms across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, please visit www.smallfarmcentral.com and www.csaday.info.