Solar at Little Ridge Farm in Lisbon, Maine

Solar at Little Ridge Farm in Lisbon, Maine. One of over a dozen solar projects installed at farms in the region!

THINK SPRING!

In addition to getting your garden projects with an order through Fedco Seeds, we strongly encourage you to think about investing in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share this year if you’ve not done it before.

CSAs establish a direct relationship between a farm and its customers. In late winter/early spring, CSA members sign up and ‘pre buy’ a season’s worth of the farmer’s harvest, usually at a discount vs. the rates expected at the farmer’s market. This gives the farmer the benefit of income at a time of the year when they need it, and the member the benefit of a cost savings, but also, more meaningfully, truly becoming a member of a farm’s community and sharing the risk and rewards of farming with the farmer(s).

Exact specifications of CSAs vary farm-to-farm, the most popular option is a summer share which consists of some combination of vegetables, fruit, and/or herb crops, available for pick-up on the farm or via delivery, from roughly June to October. Many farms now offer winter CSAs as well as specialty shares such as meat or seedling shares.

A radical transformation of our food system is an integral part of our society’s larger transition from a top-down, centralized fossil-fuel based economy to a distributed, community-oriented renewable energy powered economy. CSAs are a fantastic model for supporting that transition.

There are CSAs in every corner of our region – Western Massachusetts to Downeast Maine – and far too many to include here (though organic farming organizations such as MOFGA and NOFA-NH do a great job at it).

We’ve chosen to include a listing of the farmers who we’ve had the delight of being able to partner with to install solar at their farms:

MAINE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

MASSACHUSETTS