Cornell Cooperative Extension St. Lawrence County
COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE FAIR
The Local Living Festival is sponsoring the only Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair north of Syracuse and Albany as part of it's big event on April 27th at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm at 2043 St. Hwy. 68 in Canton.
CSA is a process where farmers sell "shares" in their farm to local citizens who then receive a box of food, or their "share" of the harvest. The CSA Fair will bring together as many of the 25 local CSA farms as possible so that it is "one stop shopping" for people who are interested in joining up. Displays will also point out tips for for how to find the right CSA for you.
This is an opportunity for anyone who eats to improve their diet through fresh, local foods. A weekly basket of fresh-picked produce can inspire cooking in a new and exciting way as well as to support their local farmer and the regional economy.
In addition to the CSA Fair, the Local Living Festival will feature the CSA pioneer in the United States, Elizabeth Henderson, author of "Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen's Guide to Community Supported Agriculture" (Chelsea Green, 1999 & 2007.)
Elizabeth Henderson has been farming at Peacework Farm in Wayne County, New York, producing organically grown vegetables for the fresh market for over 30 years. She has been on the Board of Directors of numerous organizations as well as being the recipient of industry awards. Her farm supplies vegetables to a 300-member CSA co-op celebrating it's 25th anniversary this coming season.
Henderson has been on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Organic Farming Assn (NOFA-NY) since 1989. She chairs the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board in Wayne County, NY and helped organize the Domestic Fair Trade Association. In 2001, the organic industry honored her with one of the first "Spirit of Organic" awards and in 2009 NOFA-NY honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Guest Emcees for the CSA Fair are Catherine Shrady, the Associate Professor of Geology, Director Outdoor Studies, Adirondack & Sustainability Semesters at St. Lawrence University along with Dulli Tengeler, the farmer at Birdsfoot Organic Farm & Community, Canton, NY.
There is a $5 suggested donation for entrance to the entire Festival, including the thirty other workshops plus many exhibitors and demonstrations. The Local Living Festival itself and the CSA Fair is free for under 16 and those arriving by non-gasoline powered means! The hours of the event are from 9-5 p.m. For information: (315) 347-4223, LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com and see the Festival page at www.SustainableLivingProject.net.
The LLV is part of Seedcorn, a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization based in Potsdam, NY. Listings of upcoming year-round workshops and events can be found at www.SustainableLivingProject.net.