Fun Ways to Make a Difference
1. Shop more at the local farmers market.
2. Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). CSAs allow members of the community to buy seasonal shares in a local farm, and members receive deliveries of fresh food every week as a return on that investment.
3. Ask your local grocer to carry more local and organic products, and buy them when available.
4. Ask restaurants, schools, and others to buy and serve more fresh, local food.
5. Start a garden! There’s no better way to learn about what goes into your food than by growing it yourself. Community gardens also have plots available.
6. Volunteer on a local farm. Some farms accept volunteers, and volunteering gives an insider’s view of how farming works and the importance of local agriculture.
7. Contact your representatives and local community leaders. Ask them to support policies that advance the cause of organic and sustainable agriculture in the region.
8. Host a local foods potluck or dinner party and invite your friends! Enjoy delicious local and organic food.
9. Go on a farm tour. The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is hosting 3 farm tours this year – in the NC Piedmont and Eastern Triangle and in the Upstate. It’s a great way to meet your farmer and learn how they grow local, sustainable food.
10. Support CFSA. The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is a 30+ year old non-profit organization with thousands of members – farmers, gardeners, consumers, and businesses in the Carolinas – all committed to helping people grow and eat local, organic food. CFSA builds ways for sustainable, family farms to succeed, educates communities about local, organic farming, and advocates for fair farm policies. We need your support to make it grow!