Community supported agriculture

There was an excellent talk on the Ted talk home page in mid 2021, about community support agriculture – CSA – https://www.ted.com/talks/erin_baumgartner_big_data_small_farms_and_a_tale_of_two_tomatoes/transcript.

This particular CSA business was based in New England in the US – although it’s a movement that is growing very quickly everywhere at present, particularly due to restrictions associated with Covid-19. The Ted talk started with how Erin’s interest in analytics (I liked her already!) pivoted into addressing food waste by helping local farm producers deliver product boxes to locals using a subscription model.

With Erin’s business, https://sharefamilydinner.com/, they source food direct from local farmers, and deliver it to your door in as eco-friendly a manner as possible – with paper packaging, reused from week-to-week. You nominate the type of dinner (omnivore, pescatarian, vegetarian or paleo, the number of servers required, and they deliver, with recipes, to your door.

Here in Australia, I’m an avid follower of https://www.facebook.com/simsprettyproduce and her edible flowers, originally on Macleay Island and now in the Scenic Rim, and this week she mentioned having her produce participating in the inaugural Urban Farmer’s Market in Brisbane by https://wanderingcooks.com.au/urban-produce-market/.

There seems to be intense activity in the hinterland around the Gold Coast aimed at supporting local food producers, with co-ordinated product boxes on offer by https://foodconnect.com.au/ and https://paddock2porch.com.au/, both supporting a large number of farmers.

Closer to home there is the https://www.northernriversfood.org/eat-local-love-local/ listing local producers, farmers markets and harvest food festival. And the lovely https://tableunderatree.com.au/ focusing on Byron healthy gourmet food experiences, delivered to your door.

Seriously, once you’ve tasted a fresh local tomato, you’ll never look back. Product boxes ftw.