Albemarle Farm Finds Success in Community Supported Agriculture
The CSA at Bellair Farm has grown by about 50 percent.
Albemarle County families became farmers Saturday at Bellair Farm's new member orientation.
Community Supported Agriculture is a growing trend and with these new members, this CSA is celebrating a major milestone.
The Breihan family played on the farm Saturday during the CSA new member orientation. Clara Breihan has found a lot to love about her first trip to Bellair farm.
"Catching cicadas, putting them in the greenhouse, looking at butterflies, picking flowers," she said.
The Breihans also got to pick their first batch of produce and take home vegetables, something Clara's parents say she loves to eat.
CSA shareholders buy memberships to the farm, and get to take advantage of the fresh produce, fresh air and fun events the farm has to offer.
"It just seems like a really good way to get local fresh produce and support local farmers which is really important to do," Bridget Mahoney, Clara's mother, said.
Families like the Breihans have helped this particular CSA grow by 50 percent over last year. Now, the Albemarle County farm has reached its goal of 350 shares.
Manager Jamie Barrett says the CSA model benefits both the farm and its shareholders.
"For us it's great because we get a guaranteed customer for the full season and for that guarantee we can give those folks a really good price on their produce and also a larger, fuller experience of what a season means," Barrett said.
And for parents and youngsters alike, it's a way to learn about where their food comes from and connect with nature.
"It's just everything that I hoped it would be for her so far," Mahoney said.
Bellair Farm has reached its limit but is taking names for a waitlist.
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