The Changing Face of Farming: Urban CSA #realfood

CSAs move into towns and cities...

Community supported agriculture is a great way to take a step closer to the food you are eating, allowing you to know exactly where your food is coming from, who’s growing it and how it's being grown. CSAs have been around for a while, but in recent years local farms have taken a step closer to your table at home: they are filling in the spaces in our towns and cities.

Urban farmers like Emi Do are ring fencing agricultural areas as cities grow around them, as well as finding unconventional spots to produce food on a small local scale.

"By bringing farming to the city, we are in essence bringing food production closer to the people it feeds. I love that I get to engage in dialogue with my neighbors and that my profession is one that nourishes them."

Urban farms are wide spread enough now that you can almost guarantee that every city will have one or two, and you might be surprised at the growing power these small corners of land have, we’re not talking the occasional lettuce here. When I stopped by Yummy Yards in Vancouver Emi explained to me that this season she is growing: kale, swiss chard, collards, spinach, salad greens, arugula, cabbages, carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, onion, kohlrabi, leeks, scallions, garlic, squash, pumpkin, zucchini, beans, peas, eggplant, peppers, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, parsley, basil, and more!

It's great for the community!

While urban farms can and do supply restaurants and markets, the real power of these projects is that they can provide the communities around them with food via Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).

If you are in Vancouver you can find out more about Yummy Yards’ CSA here, or Yummy Yards' Foodtree page here. Aternatively investigate your local CSA scene to find something similar near you!