La Cosecha Community Supported Agriculture Supports Local Farmers & Promotes Healthy Eating

Every year over 600,000 Americans die from heart disease.Twenty million people in the US are diagnosed with diabetes. The reality is that these high rates of chronic disease are preventable.

elevalle_tomatos.JPGThere is a direct correlation between eating well and health. However, many Americans struggle to access healthy, organic food because it is too expensive or just isn't available in their neighborhood. La Cosecha Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is changing that in the South Valley.

In 2009, the American Friends Service Committee provided training for farmers in the South Valley resulting in the creation of the Agri-Cultura Network
- a network of local, organic growers. Three years later, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Agri-Cultura Network introduced La Cosecha CSA
- a community supported agriculture program bringing fresh vegetables from the community to the community.  The idea was to build a sustainable market for local growers and to make healthy food affordable for low-income families in the South Valley.

Every week of the growing season, La Cosecha CSA members receive a large bag filled with enough vegetables to make several healthy meals for the whole family. This produce varies each week depending on what the farmers in the Agri-Cultura Network are harvesting -  but participants often receive salad greens, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, fresh herbs, and cucumbers. Easy, healthy recipes are also included each week. The variety of produce grown by South Valley farmers and distributed by La Cosecha means that participants have the opportunity to try vegetables they may not have considered purchasing in the past. From acorn squash to shishito peppers, there is always a new and tasty item to try.  

La Cosecha CSA offers half shares and full shares. Thanks to the support of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Con Alma Foundation and other donors, La Cosecha CSA is able to subsidize shares for low-income families living in the South Valley of Albuquerque. Half of La Cosecha CSA participants benefit from subsidized pricing, and food stamps can be used to pay for their food.

In 2012, La Cosecha CSA provided weekly bags of fresh, locally grown, organic food to 20 families.  In 2013, La Cosecha served 100 families, half of whom received subsidized food. For just $5 a week, families receive a full share valued at $27 worth of food.  Half shares include $15 worth of food each week for $3.  

La Cosecha CSA is a great way to obtain local fresh produce and support the local economy. Taste the freshness! Support your local farmers!

If you would like to support La Cosecha CSA, join as a member or donate to the cause - contact the CSA at LaCosechaCSA@gmail.com.

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