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Over the past few months, FairShare has been undergoing a strategic planning process. As part of that process, we have examined and reworked our mission, vision and organizational values. This has fallen at a stark moment in time as we bear witness to daily acts of genocidal violence against the Palestinian people in Gaza, with full backing from the United States government. 

FairShare’s updated vision of “thriving farms, vibrant communities, fresh food for all” is not meant to be exclusive to our city, our state, or our country. While the systematic targeting of Palestinians' access to food production and aid has escalated since October 7th, it certainly is not new. Israel has enacted a food blockade on the citizens of Gaza since 2007, removing agency from Palestinians in choosing foods that meet their nutritional and cultural needs and leading to widespread food insecurity and malnutrition across the population. In the West Bank, Palestinian farmers have been forcibly displaced from their land through routine attacks on agricultural infrastructure

Both the United States and Israel are settler-colonialist countries that are founded on the systematic removal of native inhabitants in order for foreign settlers to occupy the land. Today, our countries share a deep alliance centered on continued militarization and control. So, it comes as no surprise that given the reciprocity between the U.S. and Israel, we see the same tactics at home in the U.S., as farmers of color are stripped of their land and large segments of our country live under a state of food apartheid. We see the realities of racist and colonial violence at home and abroad as intrinsically linked. We can only achieve "thriving farms, vibrant communities, fresh food for all" when we engage in global solidarity and liberation to dismantle settler-colonization, and build systems that support all people.  

FairShare’s organizational values of collaboration, trust, resilience, and equity are not exclusive to internal staff culture, but reflective of the values we hope to embody in our community. We recognize the impacts of consuming daily images of violence, and the dissonance that emerges when expected to carry on with “business as usual.” Rather than looking away, we hope to ask instead: How can we support one another in the face of such suffering? How can we leverage our power and networks to enact transformational change? How can we help build a world that truly reflects these values?

Over 33,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since October 7th. On March 26th, the U.N. Security Council called for an immediate two-week ceasefire, with the U.S. abstaining from the vote. Since then, we have witnessed a massacre at Al Shifa Hospital as well as the deliberate targeting of food aid workers. We must hold our leaders accountable. 

We support full equality, justice, dignity, and self-determination for all people in the region, and any solution that is consistent with those goals. To begin this path, we echo the demands for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and an end to the U.S.-backed apartheid and occupation in Israel-Palestine. Please consider joining us.

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What's new in Ohio in 2024? Well, last year FairShare received a two-year Ohio Specialty Crop Block Grant! This grant will help connect the diversified vegetable growers in our network with opportunities to work with wholesale buyers, as well as improving vegetable production skills.

The project includes coordinating three separate day-long workshops, the first of which was held last month on February 15 as part of Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's (OEFFA) pre-conference Food and Farm school. These workshops replicate FairShare / UW-Madison Extension's Organic Vegetable Production Conference style of grower-to-grower vegetable production education for Ohioans who may not be able to travel to Wisconsin to experience it first-hand.

The February workshop focused on cabbage and cucumber production, and connected growers with Ohio CAN - Ohio’s Local Food Purchase Agreement program. Additionally, there was a review of on-farm food safety practices.

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Dr. Beth Scheckelhoff with Ohio State's produce safety team, discussing on-farm food safety plans

We heard from six growers in total, two of which traveled from Wisconsin to present at each of the sessions.  We were lucky to work with Laura Mortimore of Orange Cat Community Farm and Steven Shoemaker of Steadfast Acres, as well as Ohio growers Kristy Buskirk of Clay Hill Produce and Flowers; Adam Welly of Wayward Seed Farm; Andy Hupp of Three Creeks Produce; and Ben Jackle of Mile Creek Farm.

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Steven Shoemaker of Steadfast Acres, discussing cabbage production

Looking forward to our next iteration of the workshop, we’ll be hosting an event in Wooster, Ohio in early November and will be focusing on onion and carrot production. In the meantime we’re also scheduling farm tours and wholesale site tours for July and August!

Are you looking to deepen your connection with the food you eat while supporting local farmers? Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, might be just what you're searching for! Read on to explore everything you need to know about CSAs, including frequently asked questions to help you make an informed decision.

What is CSA?

CSA (short for Community Supported Agriculture) is a way to buy local food directly from a farmer. As a CSA member, you will purchase a "share" of a farm's harvest in advance. This upfront investment provides farmers with much-needed capital to cover the costs of seeds, equipment, and labor before the growing season begins. In return, CSA members receive a share of the farm's bounty throughout the growing season.

How Does it Work?

Joining a CSA is like becoming a shareholder in a farm. Once you've signed up for your share, you'll receive a diverse selection of fresh, locally grown food throughout the season. Each CSA operates differently, but most offer a range of share sizes to accommodate various household sizes and preferences. Some CSAs may also include additional farm products such as eggs, dairy, meat, baked goods, and more. Look for a farm with a pickup location nearby, or choose to go to the farm to pick up your share.

What are the Benefits of Joining a CSA?

  • Fresh, Seasonal Produce: CSAs provide access to a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs that are harvested at the peak of ripeness, often the same day you get them in your box!

  • Support for Local Farmers: By joining a CSA, you're investing directly in your local farming community, providing farmers with financial stability ahead of the growing season.

  • Connection to the Land: Becoming a CSA member offers an opportunity to understand where your food comes from. Many CSAs invite members to visit the farm, participate in harvest events, or volunteer.

  • Environmental Impact: Supporting local agriculture reduces the carbon footprint associated with food transportation and supports environmentally friendly farming practices that prioritize soil health and biodiversity.

  • Building Community: CSAs foster connections between consumers and farmers, creating a sense of community around food and farming.

What Can I Expect in My CSA Share?

CSA shares vary depending on the farm's offerings and the time of year, but you can typically expect a wide variety of seasonal produce. In the spring, your share might include greens, radishes, and strawberries, while summer shares might feature tomatoes, peppers, and melons. Fall shares often include hearty root vegetables, squash, and apples, while winter shares may include storage crops like potatoes, onions, and carrots. Many CSA farms also provide newsletters or recipe suggestions to help you make the most of your share each week.

 Are There Different Types of CSAs?

Yes, each farm has unique CSA offerings that appeal to different preferences and lifestyles. Some CSAs offer traditional, pre-packaged shares, while others allow members to customize their shares based on personal preferences. Check out our breakdown of the four main types of CSA shares for more information.

How Do I Find a CSA Near Me?

Finding a CSA in your area is easier than you might think! Head to our Farm Search Tool, where you can search farms by share size, pickup location, and more. Once you've found a farm, head to their website to learn more and sign up for your share. Then get ready to experience the joys of farm-fresh eating firsthand!

July CSA share
July CSA Share from Steadfast Acres

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