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Several months ago, I blogged about Jaideep Hardikar, a journalist from India who was here in the States on a fellowship. He wrote the article The Farmers Among Us that was published in the Sun-Sentinel. The original article profiled several growers who belong to Redland Organics, but is no longer available online. A shortened version was published on the front page of the Business section of the Miami Herald on Tuesday Oct. 13th. You can read it here.

According to the article,

Across the United States, consumers are increasingly buying directly from local farms through a model started decades ago in Switzerland and Japan now known as Community Supported Agriculture.

Nationwide, sales from farms directly to consumers — including CSA and farmers markets — jumped 49 percent from $812 million in 2002 to $1.2 billion in 2007, according to the most recent Department of Agriculture census. That’s twice as many sales as a decade earlier, the federal agency said.

Estimates of active CSA programs vary, but the 2007 U.S. census found more than 12,500 farms selling directly to consumers in every state. The National Center for Appropriate Technology, an agriculture think tank, estimates CSA programs supplied food to more than 270,000 households last year.

Farmer Margie told me that last season she had 440 CSA members, and has 465 members this season. She started Redland Organics CSA in 2002 with only 25 members. There are at least 100 on the waiting list. Turnover varies, maybe about 35%. Margie also mentioned that in January there will probably be a very limited number of trial shares available, and only to those folks already asking about them. She is pretty much at full capacity already. If you’re not a CSA member, but still want to get the same food, you can shop at the South Florida Farmers Market in Pinecrest.

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The spread in Sunday's Outlook section

The spread in Sunday's Outlook section

Did you happen to see the article about local farmers in Sunday’s Sun Sentinel? Margie Pikarsky, Hani Khouri and Gabrielle Marewski, among others, were interviewed by Jaideep Hardikar, a journalist from Nagpur, a city in central India. His beat is rural India and agriculture. Jaideep is here in South Florida finishing up a six month fellowship through the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship program. He is one of 10 fellows selected this year to work in American newspapers. He also met up with us at the Small Farms Conference earlier this month.

Note: Jaideep’s article The Farmers Among Us has been removed from the Sun-Sentinel online archive. Discovered that on Oct. 13, 2009.

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