CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)– Supporting Farm and Community. Delvin Farms Organic CSA is Nashville’s largest and one of the longest running CSA programs. Our CSA delivers freshly harvested produce to over fourteen pickup locations in Nashville area from Mid May through the end of October. Why CSA? It it for me? Read on.
Summer is in the air and as it was once said “A young man’s fancy turns to love”. But lately, with more and more community awareness of the importance of buying local, spring not only brings images of young love, it brings images of sweet, sweet strawberries. It brings images of freshly harvested vegetables plucked at the peak of maturity in the early morning dew from a local farm right in your own community. Those tantalizing thoughts then turn to investing your food dollar into a local farm through a CSA program.
CSA is so much more than just “supporting” a local farm, it supports the community. Think of it as your food dollar at work to keep communities alive. Much of your CSA dollar is reinvested locally on employee wages as well as countless community businesses supported by local farms. Land purchases, farm equipment, fuel, utilities, seed companies, local Farmers CO-OP, tire companies (have you ever priced just one huge tractor tire?) truck purchases, truck rentals, organic fertilizers such as fish emulsion, worm castings, seeds for cover crops like wheat, rye, vetch and yes, even sunflowers are purchased by farmers. When you purchase your CSA, farmers in turn use their dollar in the community, supporting local businesses and employees of that said business.
Running a farm is a delicate balancing act which requires careful scheduling, knowledge of the weather, botanical expertise, labor management and a sundry of other skills. CSA provides a living connection between farms and the communities they serve.
At Delvin Farms our commitment is growing the best quality, certified organic fruits and vegetables and delivering them to our members at the peak of freshness, packed with nutrition supplied through our rich, nutrient dense soil. There is a lot that goes into a CSA box, but the most important thing is the care that goes into land and the commitment to grow your food in the most healthy, environmentally sound soil without pesticides, herbicides or harmful chemicals. These are two things that we have cared deeply about since the first day that our first CSA share went out, and it will be the two things that will be our top priority for years to come.
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