Sunday, June 13, 2010

more on local eating

So, after reading about CSAs on a few blogs, I had to google it. I found this awesome guide to Ontario CSAs. I'm hoping a) it's not too late to start and b) my parents will pay for it :-P (i MAY have full time dental hygiene work coming this fall, fingers crossed! And I can still teach part time after my certification! But until then... broke!)
Anyhow, CSAs sound amazing. If you haven't heard of them before either (maybe it's just me!) it's Community Supported Agriculture, and you pay up front for weekly shares of their veg- so you know it's local, fresh, and exactly where it's coming from! How have I not heard about this?

Anyways, while on the site I also found this preview for "Food, Inc." Have you seen it?

As for my challenge update, I kept thinking throughout the week there was no way I would meet my goal (especially with 2-3 runs for my running clinic). Well, I fared pretty well! I doubled up on Friday night to support an energy exchanger at the Karma class, who is going to Africa with Habitat for Humanity. I'm kind of cheating and counting the two kids classes I taught today as one practice- we did a LOT of sun salutations haha! I will finish off the week to make it "10" with a home pratice- my friend lent me a Shiva Rae DVD I'm going to test out!

So, I made it. After all my rest last weekend, I am feeling quite good actually! I think I'll manage to live during my training :)

Those of you who have heard of CSAs already- where did you learn about them?
Namaste, Callah


Eco Yogini said...

I think same as you- looking up on the internet. although once i did that i realized that while i was in grad school in Montreal, my friend was doing CSA's.

they are very cool- there are a few here in Halifax (would be way more in Ontario though). My problem with CSA's is the lack of choice. if you get four bags of spinach, then you better be able to cook a whole bunch with spinach.

for Andrew and I, we found that we were dumping a whole lot of our produce into the compost bin every week- we just couldn't possibly eat everything we got in our weekly box. especially if some weeks we got a whole bag filled with onions. we don't eat that many onions each week.

at the same time, lots of people make it work for them. I bet you'd be able to find a CSA that could do a half share for you- cheaper and more reasonable with the amount of produce you'd get. :)

(plus many will allow you a visit to their farm!! FUN)

A Green Spell said...

B and I have a half-share of a CSA - which is really small here in Central Oregon. We've been having freezing temperatures until this weekend, so the farm producing our CSA boxes isn't doing so well yet. We hope to have more in the later part of the summer.

It can be an inconvenience to get tons of one item in a box, but I am trying to be ready for that and freeze items that I don't plan to use much. I also hope to have some storage set up for the autumn onions and root veggies that we'll be getting!

♥ Callah said...

Lisa, I found an organic farm that does half shares! Just working on the 'rents haha :)
Yancy- freezing is a great idea. (Espcially if you end up with a ton of onions like Lisa lol!)

shaktimama said...

I have seen Food, Inc., and think it is probably one of the most eye-opening documentaries Jeremy and I have ever seen. We watched it about a year ago while right after I had given birth to Luna. After, we promised to only eat meat grown humanely (and grass-fed) by local people we know. It's been a great shift for us! We can't justify ever eating factory-farmed meat again ... we'd rather be vegetarians in that case!

♥ Callah said...

I just watched the full video last night- WOW is all I can say. Even soybeans aren't safe :( (I think Lisa mentioned that in a blog once but I didn't fully comprehend how until now).
A friend posted about the documentary "Earthlings" on facebook- it was so disturbing I decided not to put myself through any more than 20 mins because I was already in tears, and have already made the decision to make more informed food/product decisions in the future!