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 CSAs in Maine: 115 and Growing Minimize

by Melissa White Pillsbury

In 2006, MOFGA was awarded a Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant for a project entitled: “Building Connections: Creating a Broader Public Base for CSAs” through which, at the end of the three-year project, an additional 20 Maine farms would begin offering CSA shares, and the overall number of shares offered to Maine families would increase by 1250.

Far exceeding these targets, the number of farms offering shares in Maine has grown from an estimated 60 in 2005 to 115 (and counting) as of July 2008. The number of households participating in these CSA programs exceeds 4000, up from an estimated 2000 in 2005.

MOFGA has been working to increase the visibility and awareness of the CSA model, both to farmers and consumers, through regular events, articles and other outreach efforts. The Maine Council of Churches, a partner in the grant project, through the tireless work of outreach coordinator Andy Burt, has introduced the CSA concept to congregations throughout the state and nurtured several promising relationships between individual farms and congregations.

Another promising outgrowth of the increased visibility of the CSA model has occurred: New “Community Supported” enterprises, such as fisheries, bakeries and fiber farms, have become established. Indeed, as more and more Maine families recognize the value of eating food produced close to home, as well as the value of supporting locally owned and operated farms and food businesses, the popularity of direct producer-to-consumer relationships is expected to grow.

MOFGA maintains a directory of CSA Farms in Maine at www.mofga.org.

If you have questions related to buying a share in, or producing for a CSA, contact MOFGA’s organic marketing coordinator, Melissa White Pillsbury: melissa@mofga.org, (207)568-4142.


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