By Betsy Thorpe
“Nashville Urban Harvest envisions a food secure society where all persons have access to fresh, healthy, and local foods, without having to make an untenable choice between food and other pressing concerns”.
Nashville Urban Harvest recently announced the return of Community Supported Agriculture for the 2009 growing season. This year the CSA is offering produce grown locally at the West Nashville Community Farm, an urban farm located at 1211 57th Ave North. The West Nashville Community Farm employs sustainable agriculture practices; a method of farming that protects and renews soil fertility and minimizes adverse impacts on health, safety, wildlife, water quality and the environment by reducing the use of non-renewable resources. Sustainable agricultural practices also help provide a dependable farming income by promoting opportunities for urban and traditional farms to serve their local communities.
Starting this month individuals and families can purchase a share of the West Nashville Community Farm’s produce that will be harvested throughout the 2009 spring and summer growing season. Once a week, for fifteen weeks, starting in mid-May, West Nashville Community farm shareholders will receive a box of fresh locally grown produce, large enough to feed a family of four. In early summer a typical box will include a salad mix, spinach, peas, radishes, and a mix of greens including Swiss chard, kale, and arugula and in mid-summer a variety of produce, including,tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, zucchini, potatoes, herbs, peppers, garlic, onions, and carrots will be provided according to seasonal availability.
For more information on Nashville Urban Harvest or to learn how to purchase a share in The West Nashville Community Farm visit nashvilleurbanharvest.org