Why I Decided to Join a Local Farm
Whether you call it a resolution, a revelation or a goal, I have decided to eat more vegetables. I know, not very groundbreaking. But increasing my veg intake is only part of a larger vision for improving my health, and it’s a tangible goal that makes a great starting point for wellness.
In the past, I’ve started on journeys to improved health with unrealistic, yogi-goddess visions in my mind. (She types as the yoga mat stares at her from a faraway corner…) The goal itself wasn’t necessarily unrealistic, but the plan usually was… if there even was a plan. I believe we should make lofty plans for ourselves, we just have to remember to build in steps along the way:) This time around, I’m scaling down and planning for now — because now leads to the future and the awesome visions we have for ourselves, it just takes time!
So right now, I need more vegetables in my life, and I’ve decided how to get them. After weighing a few different options, I settled on joining a local farm. Here’s my guiding wish list for the decision:
- Eat more seasonal produce
- Discover new veggies and learn how to prepare them
- Support sustainable farming
- Patron local, ethical businesses
- Get connected with other folks who share these goals
Participating in community supported agriculture (CSA) checks all of these boxes, not to mention I’ve stumbled upon a unique three birds/one stone solution with this choice: Joining a farm will help me do good, eat better and be well. Win – win – win!
I am now a member of Loam Agronomic’s CSA share program, and I’ll be getting a bountiful box of vegetables from their 288-acre Houston farm every week! In partnership with Loam, I’ll be chronicling the CSA member experience here on the blog, as well as in the Member in Residence section of the Loam website. So if you’re curious what a person does with a whole box of vegetables each week, follow me while I figure it out:)
Interested in finding a farm of your own? Visit www.localharvest.org to find farms, farmers markets and co-ops near your home!