Common Ground Farm CSA farmstand at the
Beacon, NY farmer’s market (thanks, Anne Dailey for the photo!)
I just read an encouraging article in the Westchester section of the New York Times this morning about how membership in CSA – Community Supported Agriculture – farms is still on the rise, despite the recession. I don’t know for sure if this is true for the rest of the country, but something tells me Westchester and the Hudson Valley aren’t the only places where people are opting to be a part of local farms where the food is tastier, more nutritious, and safer than what you get from big factory farms and huge grocery stores. Long live local!
“In a Downturn, a Growth Opportunity?” by Jan Ellen Spiegel
p.s. If you’re wondering why there’s a post on CSA farms on the Therapeutic Landscapes Database Blog, here’s my answer: While the TLN tends to focus on healthcare design, we celebrate all types of “landscapes for health,” which in our broad definition are any outdoor space that facilitates health and wellness. And CSA farms definitely fit that definition!