Sustainability doesn’t stop at the farm. Joining a CSA is neither sprint nor short-run performance – it’s a lifestyle change. (You’re not doing it just because it’s trendy, right?) Check your dreams of instant local food bliss at the door. There’s simply too much work to be done.
Is your operation sustainable?
It’s a good idea to prepare for this long-term effort by dreaming up and adopting sustainable practices for you and your household. By sustainable, I don’t mean environmentally sound. I’m talking about careful stewardship of your household’s most valuable resource: your sanity.
- Sustainable farmers avoid artificial fertilizer. Sustainable cooks have to ignore some whining about what’s for dinner. (Even if it comes from you.)
- Sustainable farmers have to watch their crops carefully for signs of pests. Sustainable cooks have to spend lots of time sorting and prepping produce and meal planning.
- Sustainable farmers invest years in replenishing poorly-farmed soil. Sustainable cooks must be patient with themselves, their families, and the years it can take to change food relationships on a permanent basis.
In the coming weeks, I’ll be offering up some sustainability tips to keep you and your CSA subscription on friendly terms.
Got a tip to share? Please leave a comment or send me an email, and I’ll post it.
CSA Tips (a growing list)