Farm-share programs growing in the Maritimes
Farm-share programs, where people receive baskets full of locally grown produce, are growing in New Brunswick.
Dave Methot, of Amarosia Organic Garden in Grande Digue, said he has seen a 20 to 30 per cent increase in interest in farm-share, also called Community Supported Agriculture.
A CSA is a program where grocery shoppers invest in a farm’s crop in exchange for fresh products delivered on a regular basis.
“It is picking up in Moncton. It’s a gradual thing, and I think other the localities will gradually start doing the same thing. There’s people that are interested in being able to guarantee that they get a fresh supply of vegetables,” Methot said.
He said, although CSA is growing in New Brunswick, business in the province is nowhere near what it is in cities such as Halifax.
Tegan Renner, coordinator of the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network, said there are 44 farm-shares in Atlantic Canada, 30 of those started up in the last three years.
“What I think you’re seeing is that there’s more CSA’s, but they might be serving smaller amounts of people,” Renner said. “But there are more of them. I think it results, certainly, in an increase in the number of people who are accessing food this way.”
Methot became involved with CSA five years ago. He said there’s still time to buy into some farm-share programs before the growing season is finished.