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Northlanders Learn about Community Supported Agriculture Farms

Ryan Juntti
Updated: March 25, 2019 09:28 AM

Local farmers are hoping you'll consider buying your produce from Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms. On Sunday, they showed the community why in the 7th annual Community Supported Agriculture Farm Open House. 

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Northlanders came out to Clyde Iron Works on Sunday to learn about all of the different CSA farms in the area.

"This event just demonstrates that we can produce a lot of our own food in our area," said John Beaton, a farmer on the Fairhaven Farm located just north of Duluth on Munger Shaw Road.

Farmers from ten different CSA farms were on hand to show the community what each one has to offer.

"Folks just decide which farm would work for them, maybe it's a specific pickup sight that they think would be convenient, or maybe it's the type of vegetables that farm grows," said Catherine Conover, a farmer on the Stone Throw's Farm in Wrenshall.

Community members then learned how they can sign up to receive a weekly share of vegetables later on this summer.

"It's just nice to have fresh vegetables, and not always have to go to a grocery store to get them," said Solon Springs community member Scott Larson.

Scott and Sharon Larson just moved to Solon Springs from Memphis, Tennessee, and say it is important for them to buy local produce.

"You see how all of these big chain markets and everything else kind of driving out the little guy, and we want more natural produce, things that are fresh, and not as many pesticides, just want to help the locals out," said Sharon Larson.

And that's why farmers encourage it as well.

"I think it's better for the environment if your food is grown closer to home, and we're not shipping it halfway across the world, and the food is just better. It tastes better, it's fresher, you know exactly how it's grown," said Conover.

"It's the one way you can be completely sure of where your food's coming from, the practices that the farmers are using to grow those products," said Beaton.

But they say it also helps plant the seed for a successful economy.

"Agriculture is truly the foundation of community, and when you have a thriving farming community, that enables a thriving urban community," said Beaton.

More information about the CSA farms can be found at: http://www.csaguild.com/.

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