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Welcome to the Kootenay Grain Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project.
The Kootenay Grain CSA is a group of farmers and consumers in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, working together to reestablish support for farmers for the critical role they play in our lives, and to reconnect people with those who put food on their tables.
What is the Kootenay Grain CSA project and why is it so important?
The Kootenay Grain CSA is a first step towards thinking differently about our food. We have been working to develop a new approach to accessing a secure and sustainable grain supply. By supporting local grain growers, CSA members provide them with a consistent market and an adequate income while they grow our food using natural, responsible farming methods. As consumers, members contribute to solving many global issues, while supporting healthy, sustainable, locally produced food.
How Does the Kootenay Grain CSA work?
As consumers, CSA members purchase memberships in a crop before it is planted. In this way, local farmers are guaranteed a fair income for growing their crops. The members agree to take part in the risk of farming. Local farmers are able to implement natural, sustainable methods, instead of depending on chemicals, monoculture, and fossil fuels. The farmers are paid half of the total amount at the start of the season; they use this money for costs incurred during the growing season.