What’s a CSA? (Video)

It’s the dead of winter – that means not thinking about spring and summer right? Wrong! It’s CSA sign-up season! What’s a CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is one way to support local farms and acquire local food. You buy into a crop share and the farmer in return gives you a portion of their crop usually from May until November. Many times the farmer will come to you and provide home delivery, or drop off produce at a location nearby. We participated in a CSA when we lived in an apartment and were unable to grow as much food (and unlearned in the nature of container gardening).

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Greeks: Innovators or behind the times?

There was a recent article in the New York Times talking about how Greeks are going back to the country, and the land to weather the economic storm. Their country is in much worse shape than ours with unemployment hitting 18 percent, and a whopping 35 percent for young people between the ages of 15 and 29.

The article goes on to describe several young people who have abandoned the city for the country life of their grandparents, in some cases to the dismay of their relatives. These young people are well educated, holding four year degrees, and one just shy of a PhD. They have worked hard, only to see job prospects go up in smoked. Most Greeks, even low income Greeks, own land the article notes, making it a last stand of sorts. [Read more…]