Abundance on Many Levels By: Lynette Richards (Mar 27, 2012)
Being a part of the CSA at ZJ Farms is one of the best parts of my life! One, I am a farm girl at heart and I love the taste of all of the fresh vegetables. Two, I enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the pick up times when I get to meet all the customers who arrive to pick up their shares.These first two points are more universal and cover a lot of the reasons that people are members of a CSA. My third reason is more unique....I am the guidance counselor at an at risk high school where over 80% of my students live in poverty. I also live in a neighborhood has a high percenetage of lower income and fixed income elderly residents. This is a core group of the population who do not have the disposable income to purchase fresh, locally grown food. A special partnership has been formed with Susan at ZJ Farms ...I take neighborhood and school volunteers out to the farm on a harvest day to pick and prepare the shares for the drop site. In turn for this, Susan shares the produce that remains at the end of the pick up. ZJ Farms has an incredible attitude of abundance and sharing as they reach out to feed dozens of additional families. Waste is eliminated and many people are served with better nutrition.