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Can COVID-19 save community supported agriculture?

Despite all the headlines, consumers have been slow to sign on to community supported agriculture. Now, COVID-19 is giving it fresh life, but farmers will still need a dose of business smarts

Reading Time: 6 minutes Every spring, Graham Sparrow asks the same question: Should I continue offering CSA shares? Sparrow has been selling shares of organic produce through the community supported agriculture (CSA) model since he started Sparrow’s Nest Organics more than 20 years ago. He admits, though, “I’ve always struggled to keep people interested and keep the CSA going.” […] Read more

Crowdfunding the farm

These unconventional farms are raising the funds they need for expansion and to support their ongoing operations by turning to customers and small investors

Reading Time: 5 minutes When Kate Collins got the idea to transition her farm from market vegetables to medicinal herbs, she learned she’d need new infrastructure to dry, process and store bulk herbs, teas, seasonings and skin care products. The project was bigger than you might think. It would cost Foggy River Farm at Uxbridge, Ont., $45,000 to convert […] Read more