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Community-Supported Agriculture
CSA stands for Community-Supported Agriculture and in the remote Bella
Coola Valley on B.C.’s central coast the community is showing local growers
exactly how supportive they can be. Just three short months after the
program started in 2010, local farmers were sending weekly boxes filled with
vegetables and fruits to over 35 paid subscribers until a devastating flood
forced an early end to the program that year.
Recognizing the value of local food supply, especially when fires and
storms cut them off completely from the outside world, seven more families
purchased advance shares in local farms’ crops the following year. Now,
42 customers enjoy a steady stream of lettuce, kale and chard and other
delights from three farms and four large scale gardens.