If serving freshly picked, locally grown, pesticide-free food to
your family appeals to you, you need to get in on the new Community
Supported Agriculture project. A ministry of St. John's Episcopal
Church in Clarksville and Doalnara Restoration Society in Dover, the
CSA delivers boxes of organic produce to members every Wednesday now
Those who sign up pay $20 per box of vegetables in advance.
Produce included will be an assortment of whatever is ripe and fresh
on delivery day, and will vary from week to week, month to month.
The selection includes:
green, yellow and red bell peppers
Catherine Smith, who is organizing the CSA through St. John's
Episcopal Church, says each 11-by-14-inch box of produce is enough
to feed a family of four for a week.
"The variety changes as we move through the growing season, and
the amount increases as we draw to the peak of the season, which is
around mid-July," she says. "In July, the box will be overflowing."
Vegetable boxes delivered today will include green lettuce, red
leaf lettuce, bok choy, spinach, kale, swiss chard, arugula, green
onions, beets, garlic, snow peas, basil and radishes. Those who wish
to join the cooperative should call or e-mail Smith this week in
order to participate starting next week.
In addition to being 100 percent chemical-free, the vegetables
are local, grown on the organic farm at Doalnara Restoration Society
"She is our organic evangelist," Andy Yoo, a farmer at Doalnara,
says about Smith.
Although the farm was originally created to feed the 128 people
who live at Doalnara, it has grown to the point that Doalnara now
ships its produce to retailers around the country. However, there
has been little opportunity for the local community to taste the
bounty of Doalnara until the CSA began this month.
"There are vegetables they're introducing in the boxes for the
CSA they we've never tried before, so it's an adventure for all of
us," Smith says.
In addition to produce, boxes will include information about the
"Each week we'll put in the benefits of each vegetable, how to
store it, how to prepare it," says Shay Eastwick, a holistic health
counselor based out of Oasis Spa & Center for Wellbeing in
Clarksville. Eastwick is assisting Smith with the CSA and recruiting
her clients as CSA members.
People who join the CSA are required to sign up for multiple
weeks in advance.
"Instead of ordering specific veggies, you pay a base fee and the
farmer delivers what is fresh and ready at the time," Smith says.
"This takes pressure off of the farmer and allows him to use what is
Those who sign up for deliveries beginning June 28 will pay $170,
which will provide produce through August. Members will then pay
$250 in August, which will cover produce through October.