Residents are already taking of advantage of the community supported agriculture program that the Needham Community Farm recently kicked off.
Tuesday was the first day of the program that allows consumers to subscribe to the harvest. The Needham Community Farm, a local nonprofit whose mission is to educate the community on sustainable growing and nutrition, while also providing food to those experiencing food insecurity. Roughly two dozen residents have subscribed up to be part of the CSA.
“We are very excited to begin our farm share and can not wait to have the fresh produce,"Ed Anderson said.
Board President Susan Shaver has spearheaded the program as a way to expand the impact of the farm and serve families passionate about local good.
"Starting a CSA is a win-win for the Needham Community Farm and for Needham," Shaver said. “It allows the Farm to retain a fulltime skilled and experienced farm manager, while maintaining food donations to the Needham Community Council’s Food Pantry and through our mobile markets at Needham Housing Authority locations. Twenty families in Needham can now enjoy locally-grown produce while helping our neighbors in need.”
Through the program, subscribers receive fresh produce, locally grown. Farm Manager Theresa Strachila noted the popularity of CSA programs in Needham and elsewhere.
"The Farm is excited about the prospects of expanding the number of CSA shares next year and is pleased that this year’s shares sold out quickly," farm manager Theresa Strachila said. "The demand for locally sustainably grown vegetables exceeds supply and helping others while eating well makes sense."
Those living in Needham interested in learning more about a share should contact the Needham Community Farm at (781-343-1106).