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Posts By Kate Edwards

Wisconsin Urban Farming Progam Employs CSA to Bolster Access and Health in Food Desert

June 1, 2016 |
Tidy beds and rows of pots contain what will be the produce delivered to families in Racine, Wisconsin’s 'Growing Home' CSA. Photo courtesy of HALO, Inc.

Tidy beds and rows of pots contain what will be the produce delivered to low-income families by Racine, WI-based ‘Growing Home’ CSA program. Photo courtesy of HALO, Inc.

An innovative urban community supported agriculture (CSA) effort is taking root in Racine, Wisconsin to improve access to fresh, locally grown produce. The program, called ‘Growing Home,’ is a grant-funded initiative of Racine’s Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization, Inc. (HALO) whose goal is to deliver produce grown on an urban farm to families residing in a nearby ‘food desert’ where there is little or no access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Much of the produce for these CSA subscriptions is grown in a 20-by-48-foot hoop house located in a vacant parking lot just South of HALO’s offices. According to Jamie Williams, hoop house manager for HALO, grant money awarded by Sustainable Edible Economic Development, Inc. (SEED) provided the funds to purchase the Growing Home hoop house. Read More

12 Places to Buy Locally Grown Blooms for Mother’s Day

May 6, 2016 |
Photo courtesy Little Acres Flowers

Photo courtesy Little Acres Flowers

According to a recent survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, Americans plan on spending approximately $2.4 billion on flowers this Mother’s Day. That’s roughly 66 percent of those celebrating the holiday.

According to the Society of American Florists, imported blooms make up about 64 percent (by dollar volume) of the fresh flowers sold in the United States, with the top importers being the equatorial nations of Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico. Labor regulation is low in these places and many farm workers toil for little pay and in unsafe conditions in an industry known for heavy pesticide use. Read More