The First Annual CSA Fair is an opportunity for Atlantans to meet their local farmers, and learn about a new way to get their groceries. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and includes weekly boxes full of fresh, delicious vegetables.
Many farmers offer half-price CSA shares for SNAP / EBT recipients thanks to Wholesome Wave’s “Georgia Fresh for Less” program.
The CSA model supports small family farmers throughout the year, and is often the backbone of a farm’s operation. Purchasing a CSA share provides several benefits to customers, including a connection with their local farmer, and healthy, just-picked foods at a great price.
“The CSA model is a win-win for farmers and customers,” said Lovey Gilliam of Gilliams Garden. “For me as a farmer, CSA is a way to get to know my customers, a guaranteed income stream early in the season when my budget is tight, and it enables me to spend less time marketing and more time doing what I love: growing good food.”
Additionally, many CSA growers use organic practices, which benefits our environment, creates educational opportunities for children, and increases the supply of healthy food in our state.
The event is hosted by the Atlanta Farmers Coalition, which works to ensure the viability, prosperity, and sustainability of Atlanta area farms. It is co-hosted by Wholesome Wave Georgia, which works to increase access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food for all Georgians. Spanish speakers can find help with translation at the Wholesome Wave Georgia table.
OTHER DETAILS: For more info about the event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Those unable to attend can still find local CSAs by visiting www.LocalHarvest.org or emailing the Atlanta Farmers Coalition at the email address above.