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Growing food, growing community: Community Supported Agriculture in rural Iowa

Betty Wells, Shelly Gradwell and Rhonda Yoder

in Community Development Journal

Published on behalf of Community Development Journal

Volume 34, issue 1, pages 38-46
Published in print January 1999 | ISSN: 0010-3802
Published online January 1999 | e-ISSN: 1468-2656 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cdj/34.1.38
Growing food, growing community: Community Supported Agriculture in rural Iowa

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The emergence of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Iowa holds promise for rural areas. CSA offers opportunities for small-scale, beginning and part-time farmers, not only growers of vegetables and fruit, but also providers of animal products such as meat, eggs and wool. For conventional farmers, CSA offers opportunities to diversify. As a food systems model, the benefits of CSA transcend growers and the members who receive fresh, healthy food. CSA becomes a potential comprehensive strategy of local action for transforming the daily lives of individuals and the daily rhythm of community. With food as a focal point, CSA brings a growing circle of people into a closer relationship with place - farming, nature, each other. Multiplied in an extended network of local, small-scale actions, CSA provides a sensible and viable counter-balance to the large-scale, global-industrial food system.

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Subjects: Development Studies ; Public Policy ; Social Impact of Environmental Issues (Environmental Science) ; Development Planning and Policy

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