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Cultivating Community: Join Our Sustainable CSA and Grow Together

June 27, 2024

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Cultivating Community: Join Our Sustainable CSA and Grow Together

Weathering the Storm: Cultivating Community Through Turbulent Times

As I sit at my desk, staring out at the snow-covered fields of Cultivating Community‘s Hurricane Valley Farm, I can’t help but feel a mix of emotions. The past year has been a whirlwind, filled with both triumph and setbacks, but through it all, our community has remained steadfast and resilient.

Just last week, we received the devastating news that our local greenhouse partner had closed down, breaking our contract without warning. This is the second year in a row that we’ve faced this challenge, leaving us scrambling to supplement the 40,000 culturally important seedlings we need to get our growing season off the ground. As the sap starts to flow and the seeds arrive, the reality of the situation sinks in – the growing season is right around the corner, and we have our work cut out for us.

Yet, even in the face of these obstacles, I can’t help but feel a sense of excitement and anticipation. You see, at Cultivating Community, we’re not just a farm – we’re a movement. A movement to build a more equitable and sustainable food system, one that celebrates the rich diversity of our community and empowers the voices of those who have been marginalized for far too long.

Rooted in Community: Our Sustainable CSA

Our community-supported agriculture (CSA) program is at the heart of this movement. It’s a place where we come together, not just to grow food, but to cultivate connections, share stories, and nourish the soil that sustains us all.

When you join our CSA, you’re not just a customer – you’re a partner in this journey. You’ll receive a bountiful share of fresh, organic produce each week, grown right here on our farm. But more than that, you’ll become a part of a community that is actively working to create a better, more just food system.

Our CSA is more than just a box of veggies – it’s a way of life. Through our educational programs, community events, and hands-on workshops, you’ll learn about the importance of sustainable agriculture, the impact of climate change on our food system, and the rich cultural traditions that are woven into the food we grow.

Cultivating Diversity: Celebrating the Flavors of Our Community

One of the things that makes our CSA so unique is our commitment to growing a diverse array of culturally important crops. From the fragrant herbs and vibrant vegetables of our immigrant partners to the heirloom varieties that have been passed down through generations, our fields are a tapestry of flavors and traditions.

Take, for example, our partnership with the Hmong community. Each year, we work closely with Hmong farmers to grow a selection of their traditional crops, like bitter melon, lemongrass, and Thai basil. These are not only delicious and nutritious, but they also hold deep cultural significance for our Hmong members, connecting them to their roots and the land.

Similarly, our collaboration with local Indigenous groups has led to the cultivation of traditional staples like corn, beans, and squash, known as the “Three Sisters” in many Native American cultures. By honoring these ancient agricultural practices, we’re not only preserving important culinary traditions, but we’re also building bridges between diverse communities and fostering a deeper understanding of our shared history.

Cultivating Joyful Experiences: Connecting Through Food

But our CSA is about more than just the food – it’s about the connections we make and the memories we create. Throughout the season, we host a variety of community events and workshops, from farm tours and cooking demos to family-friendly harvest festivals and potlucks.

One of my favorite moments from last year was our annual pumpkin carving party. As the crisp autumn air filled the fields, families gathered, children squealed with delight, and the sound of laughter echoed through the rows of squash. It was a time to come together, to celebrate the abundance of the season, and to reconnect with the simple joys that make our community so special.

Cultivating the Future: Growing a More Sustainable Tomorrow

As I look ahead to the upcoming growing season, I can’t help but feel a sense of both excitement and responsibility. We have a lot of work to do, from rebuilding our greenhouse capacity to ensuring that our fields are thriving and productive. But I know that with the unwavering support of our community, we’ll rise to the challenge.

Because at the end of the day, this isn’t just about growing food – it’s about growing a better future. By investing in sustainable agriculture, we’re not only nourishing our bodies, but we’re also nourishing the land, the environment, and the generations to come.

Through our CSA program, we’re building a movement that transcends the boundaries of our farm and reaches into the hearts and minds of our community. We’re showing that it’s possible to create a food system that is not only delicious and nutritious, but also equitable, inclusive, and environmentally responsible.

So, if you’re ready to join us on this journey, I invite you to become a part of our CSA. Together, we’ll cultivate a community that is rooted in the soil, nourished by the sun, and connected by the shared love of good food and the land that sustains us all.

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Thornapple CSA: A community-driven initiative championing sustainable agriculture. We connect members with fresh, organic produce, celebrating the bond between land and community.

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