WHO: More than 40 local farmers and food producers
WHEN: Sunday, February 25th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
WHERE: Ecotrust’s Irving Street Studio, 907 NW Irving Street (former Patagonia store)
HOSTS: Portland Area CSA Coalition and Ecotrust
The Portland Area CSA Coalition and Ecotrust are teaming up to showcase local farms and producers that provide CSA subscriptions. Share Fair goers can learn about all things Community Supported Agriculture: What is a CSA? How to find the perfect CSA farmer? Why are local farmers vital to a thriving economy?
The CSA Share Fair is a one-stop shop and opportunity to meet the farmers who grow your food! Attendees can learn about farms’ sustainable practices, how they choose their seeds, how they manage irrigation, and maybe they’ll event share some of their favorite recipes!
The Share Fair is also an opportunity to show children where their food comes from, introduce them to the amazing people who grow it, and give kids a taste of farm life in the city.
Beyond farmers, the event will also include activities galore for the whole family: food samples, cooking demos, cookbook swaps, youth pollinator races, vegetable art, friendly farm animals – and more!
Why Community Supported Agriculture?
For the Farmers! The CSA model supports young, innovative farmers, as well as providing operating income for established, multi-generational family farms. CSA members pay for their membership at the beginning of the growing season, providing the farmer with the working capital they need to start the season. In return, each week the member gets a “share” of the harvest: a box full of the freshest, most seasonal food available. There is no middleman, reducing transportation, packaging, and distribution costs. The funds go directly to the farmer, and the carbon footprint is minimized.
CSA For Your Health! A CSA membership is a great way to commit to eat ultra-fresh food and enjoy the enhanced flavors, and vitamin and mineral benefits. CSA encompasses options for the most delicious, freshest vegetables, as well as meat, eggs, honey, medicinal plants, and more. Build an intimate connection to seasonal eating. Expand your cooking skills with more diverse vegetables than ever before, including some that aren’t available in grocery stores. And food right off the farm is tastier and sweeter than anything you get in the store — your kids will be excited about vegetables.
CSA For the Community! When you join a farm, you invest in healthy soil, clean air, and clean water. Your food dollars are kept in our local economy. You help protect local farmland from development, and you learn what local farmers care about.
Portland’s CSA Tradition – With a rich tradition of supporting local food options, Oregon is one of the top states in the nation for number of CSA farms. Come meet a full range of dedicated farmers—from third-generation family farmers (Love Farm Organics) to permaculture specialists and garden start growers (Lil’ Starts) to wild salmon fishermen (Iliamna Fish Co.), and sustainable meat producers (Moomaw Family Farm). With the newness of spring right around the corner, join us to either renew your commitment to your farmer or make fresh connections that will keep you eating boatloads of seasonally delicious, local food.
MORE INFO: www.portlandcsa.org
FACEBOOK: Portland Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition, https://www.facebook.com/events/393901041049000/
Thank You Sponsors: The CSA Share Fair is made possible by the generous support of these sponsors: Ecotrust, Insurance Solutions NW, Inc., East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, NW Concentrates, and Swarm Portland.
About Portland Area CSA Coalition
Portland Area CSA Coalition promotes Community Supported Agriculture by connecting local CSA farmers with households, educating the public about the CSA experience and the benefits of healthy eating, and providing farmers with opportunities to learn, grow and meet their business and sustainability goals. Learn more at www.portlandcsa.org.