Updated: Dec 19, 2022
Thirty years ago, a group of activists passionate about the possibilities of local food and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in the Madison area came together and created an organization that was originally known as the Madison Eaters Revolutionary Front (MERF). Now known as FairShare CSA Coalition, we are excited to be celebrating three decades of supporting CSA as the backbone of a strong local food system in Madison, and beyond!
The world certainly looks different now than it did 30 years ago. And many of those changes are reflected in our work. Supporting the small-scale farmers that grow delicious food for our communities has always been, and continues to be, a key part of our mission. While originally farmers would have to drive, sometimes for hours, to meet in person in the off-season, technological advances have made it possible for farmers across the Midwest to connect on a daily basis, even in the rush of summer. FairShare’s farmer listserv is now a robust online space where producers can share growing tips, resources, supplies, and ask questions of one another, facilitating deep farmer-to-farmer connections and resource sharing, when it’s convenient for our farmers.