Food Institute to launch community supported agriculture program

Miami’s Institute for Food is partnering with local farms to bring a little more color to Oxford’s diet. A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project will allow people in the Oxford area to get farm fresh produce all summer. It will run from May 30 to Sept. 6. The CSA project aims to build a symbiotic relationship between the Oxford community and local farms. Subscribers get locally grown, fresh and varied produce, and their subscription helps to lessen the negative impact that variables like bugs and weather have on the income of farms. Co-director of the Institute for Food, Peggy Shaffer, has been heavily involved in the project since the beginning. In addition to furthering the mission of the Institute to promote sustainable farming, the project presented an educational opportunity “We wanted to expand on our educational mission as to what does sustainable agriculture look like, what does healthy food look like and how can we help increase the capacity for that in the region,” Shaffer said. After the Institute came up with the idea, the project received a grant from the provost to help support the endeavor. After the university released an article about the project, Shaffer’s inbox was flooded with requests for subscription information. The minimum number of subscribers the project needed was 15, and they reached that goal within a week. Now, they have around 17 subscribers...

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