Is there a CSA farm in your community? If so, consider working with them to have member shares delivered to your library as a pickup location! In 2011 Fairfield (CT) Public Library’s Fairfield Woods branch served as a community-supported agriculture (CSA) pick-up location on a a weekly basis.
- The library doesn’t have any involvement with the CSA beyond serving as a location for members to receive their shares. Anyone who wants to sign up contacts the farm directly.
- FPL does offer some complementary programming, however. It launched a seed-lending library this year, and Sport Hill’s owner, Patti Popp, has taught some programs at the library.
- “It’s great to be able to connect people in the community to green initiatives,” Coe said.
Note: CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. "CSA farms provide a weekly delivery of sustainably-grown produce to consumers during the growing season (approximately June to October). Those consumers, in turn, pay a subscription fee. But CSA consumers don’t so much “buy” food from particular farms as become “members” of those farms. CSA operations provide more than just food; they offer ways for eaters to become involved in the ecological and human community that supports the farm." [source: CSA Farm Directory, Land Stewardship Project] In many CSAs, customers must pick up their shares at the farm or alternate location. Find a CSA near you using LocalHarvest's search tool.
Source: Fresh Veggies @ your library, American Libraries Magazine, 9 June 2011