CSA Community Supported Agriculture A socio-economic model of agriculture and food distribution Community of individuals that pledge support to a farming operation Growers and consumers share the risks and benefits of food production Also known as “subscription farming”
Know how. Know now. Nebraska Statistics 63 communities have a registered Farmers Market Over 70 different markets Early 2000’s 666,184 households in Nebraska If each spent $10.00---6.7 million $ If each spent 10.00 once a month for 3 months---20.1 million$
Know how. Know now. Historically 1931 Nebraska Unicameral passed a law ordering the removal of cedar trees to slow the damaging affects of Cedar Apple Rust on area apple orchards Brownville Orchard Company announced their 100 acre peach orchard was bearing crop for the first time. Averaged 500 bushel in sales a day.
Know how. Know now. Tree Fruits Apple Peach Pear Plum Apricot Tart Cherry
Know how. Know now. Why Opportunity Now? Trend toward families buying more fresh food Rising fruit and vegetable cost Increased awareness of food safety and nutrition Local Foods Urban Agriculture
Know how. Know now. Small Fruits Most Common Raspberries Blackberries Strawberries
Know how. Know now. Less Common Elderberry Currants Gooseberries
Know how. Know now. Even Less Common Sea Buckthorn Saskatoon Sand Cherries
Aronia Has traditionally been a landscape plant generally used for wildlife and bird habitat. Native plant in Missouri and may stretch into Southeast Nebraska. Native Americans used the berry as a dye as well as a food source. Extremely high in Vitamin C and antioxidants which makes it attractive to homeopathic practitioners. Midwest Aronia Growers Association
Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska– Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture. University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.