Teikei: The Food Project

I don’t know if you all have noticed, but we here at green.mnp have food on the brain lately. Now that springtime farming is about to pop off and summer vegetables are on the way, it is hard to think about anything else…

In that spirit, it seems appropriate to replay an old green.mnp favorite:

The Food Project is a Massachusetts based farming and community service organization founded in 1991 that employs youth from the cities and towns around MA (and elsewhere) to work their several farms. The Food Project distributes their produce to local shelters and sells it through CSA’s and farmers’ markets.

Each season, we grow nearly a quarter-million pounds of food without chemical pesticides, donating half to local shelters. We sell the remainder of our produce through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) crop “shares” and farmers’ markets. We market our own Farm-Fresh Salsa, holiday pies, and other value added products. Locally, we also partner with urban gardeners to help them remediate their lead-contaminated soil and grow healthier food.

Much to my horror, I discovered that the CSA for Summer 2008 is full! Sad. But I suppose that gives me all the more motivation to start that vegetable garden I have been talking about…

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a unique model of local agriculture. Its roots reach back almost 40 years to Japan where a group of women concerned about the increase in food imports and the corresponding decrease in the farming population initiated a direct growing and purchasing relationship between their group and local farms. This arrangement, called “teikei” in Japanese, translates to “putting the farmers’ face on food”. This concept traveled to Europe and in 1985, was adapted for the U.S. and given the name “Community Supported Agriculture” at Indian Line Farm, Massachusetts. It is estimated that there are now over 1500 CSA farms across North America.

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