Carolina Farm Share
Carolina Farm Share operates as a unique CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) which is a production and marketing model whereby consumers buy shares of a farm’s harvest in advance. Carolina Farm Share is offered through the Pee Dee FoodHub. Consumers become Carolina Farm Share members by paying an agreed amount at the beginning of the growing season, either in one lump sum or in installments. The cost of the 6 month farm share is to be shared by a representative of the Pee Dee FoodHub. By paying at the beginning of the season, Carolina Farm Share members share in the risk of production and assures the farmer that his product is purchased within the community. This model allows the farmer to concentrate on good land stewardship and growing high quality food while the Pee Dee FoodHub handles the marketing, aggregation, sales and delivery.
As a Carolina Farm Share member you will receive a variety of freshly picked vegetables and fruits (sometimes organic), eggs, and other local specialty products bi-weekly over a six-month period. The Pee Dee FoodHub is offering a spring and fall share. Members will eat healthy, sustainably produced food and have the satisfaction of knowing where it came from and how it was grown. Carolina Farm Share members will also have access to social and educational activities, recipes and much more to further strengthen their connection to the land and with the farmers who feed them.
Businesses, hospitals, schools and places of worship all serve to anchor towns and cities by driving economic development, creating jobs, and/or facilitating community engagement. While these “anchor institutions” make intentional and targeted investments in community development, they often look beyond their own communities and regions to meet their food procurement needs. But what if they treated food purchases as investments in local and regional businesses, economies, and the environment.
Anchor institutions can increase social and economic impacts in their regions while providing constituents with fresh, nutritious food—the fuel of vibrant communities. Procuring food from regional farms and small processors not only provide constituents with fresh and sustainable food; it leverages institutions’ substantial buying power to improve both the viability of family farms and the resiliency of rural economies.
Procuring food locally is more than an investment in the land and community—it is an upgrade in food service. Produce at the peak of ripeness and flavor satisfies customers’ tastes while demonstrating the institution’s transparency, community connections, and dedication to serving constituents. Good food—food that is healthy, green, and affordable—can distinguish anchor institutions as leaders in food service quality, wellness, community development and revitalization.