Patti Bancroft, certified organic local grower, is in! I talked to her about the CSA Collective idea last week, and today she said she’d be interested in growing the potatoes, onions, and eggplant (and maybe garlic).
Her “bingo” words (those words that make me light up like a pinball machine): doing the CSA will help her increase her production and have a guaranteed market for that production.
Working in concert with local farmers? Encouraging increased local production by providing a direct market to consumers?
Now, we need to recruit more local growers and producers, and the farmers who are interested in participating need to set a target number for membership and figure out who’s going to grow what and when.
I’m thinking about what I’d want to grow–leaning toward greens: the Goddess salad mix, kale, chard, spinach, lettuce–maybe some bok choi and stir-fry greens. That would limit my contributions more to the spring and fall seasons, and give me a little more leeway to get out of town every once in awhile. I’m thinking too that the collective will need to be a pick-up rather than a delivery, and that a local business or residence must be identified that can serve as a distribution point.
So many details to work out. I guess that’s what winter’s for….