Local People Supporting Local Farmers
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Shady Patches Farm sell our produce in a new and innovative way, not often seen in Queensland. Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, which is a farming strategy that came out of Japan in the 1970’s in response to a globalised food system, which contributes to a disconnection between people and the food they eat. CSA allows the producer (us) and the consumer (you) to share both the risks of farming, and the benefits. Central in all our minds and hearts at this time are the risks of drought and fire, immediately followed by floods. Regenerative farming practices reduce these risks, by improving the soil, its nutrients and it’s water retention, allowing for long term food sustainability and an improved environment. CSA members invest a ‘share’ in the farmers hard work and the farms harvest, at the beginning of a set period of time; called a ‘season’. By buying prior to the start of the season, the farmer is provided with the capital to continue producing high quality food, and the consumer is in turn supplied with a box of vegetables, and perhaps a portion of eggs, herbs, or honey each week throughout the season. Meat is sold slightly differently. In order to make use of the whole beast, CSA members are able to buy a quarter, half or whole carcass, with a choice of usable cuts, which they can freeze or use as desired.