Why Could Joining a CSA Food Box Program Be Your Family’s Best Climate Action?
By Gracelynn Lau
The social media world was taken by surprise when the 16-year-old Greta Thunberg inspired hundreds of thousands of students in more than 130 cities to take part in the Global Climate Strike earlier this month. They question adults for spending 30 years talking about climate change and selling positive ideas to solve the problem, but “no one is acting as if we were in crisis.” “We do need hope, but the one thing we need more than hope is action. Once we start to act, hope is everywhere,” said Thunberg in her TED talk.
Our future generation is standing up for their future. Are you willing and ready to act in response to their call to action while there still is time to act?
As O.U.R education team and farm team came together to brainstorm and we couldn’t help but wonder, how could we support local families to take climate action by revolutionizing their dinner tables? That is the focus of O.U.R CSA food box program this year.
If you are unfamiliar with what a CSA is, it stands for “Community Supported Agriculture.” The name pretty much speaks for how it functions. Before the season begins, individuals can purchase a “food share” to become a CSA member. Throughout the growing season, members pick up their already-paid-for weekly shares of farm produces. As shareholders, each CSA member financially supports the farmers by sharing the year’s harvest and risk.
Here’s why joining a CSA food box program can be your climate action:
You’re investing not only in the fresh-harvested farm produces that ends up in your kitchen, but you’re also investing in healthy nutrient cycling of the soil. For us farmers to share harvest each season, our primary job is to tend and build healthy soil. We use cover crop, soil amendment, “lasagna mulching” and other methods to ensure we cultivate soil that remains productive for future generations.
Local, small-scale farming is the best local solution to the global food security problem caused by climate change. Industrial agriculture is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. If the weather is changing, the way we eat and we farm must change too. Your investment in local farm production is necessary for establishing a long-term resilient local food system.
By eating seasonally from sources within your neighbourhoods, you contribute to less CO2 emissions from the energy required to transport and refrigerate produce across continents. If you can enjoy freshly harvested figs from your bioregion, why buy figs harvested one week ago from Israel?
Because there aren’t pesticides nor chemical fertilizers that go into your food crop as well as the groundwater where your food grew, you can ensure clean and safe drinking water for the future generation.
When you become a CSA member, you are also investing in an alternative local economy that contributes to an increase in biodiversity. You invest in a market that can grow a much larger variety of produces, including those of heritage and heirloom.
I can keep going on listing all benefits to join a local CSA, and I am sure those of you who are growers and CSA members have other reasons/benefits to add (We’d LOVE to hear from you! Share in the comment box below!), but action speaks louder than words. Are you ready to act?
For those of you who live in Shawnigan Lake, O.U.R CSA Goody Box program is starting in June again this year. You can subscribe for 20 weeks ($850 – Lifestyle Box for 4-5 people, $650 – Veggie Box for 2-3 people), or the 10 weeks option. The Lifestyle Box includes more than fresh pick veggies, fruits, hand-crafted organic bread; there will be meat product from our farm and kitchen-crafting specialty such as chutney, jam, chocolate, pesto and more!
Subscribe today: https://ourecovillage.org/our-csa-box/