“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”—Osho
Thank you for letting me photograph you this past week! I had so much fun with you. It was really refreshing to have a real life model instead of just photographing the usual, like my dog. I hope these photographs help you with your own goals as well!! :)
Where does your food come from? When you go to the grocery store, do you notice your produce comes from distant sources? Some food comes from nearby states, some as far away as Nepal.
I just recently joined an organization in Flagstaff, Arizona: Community Supported Agriculture. This program allows you to purchase produce from local farms in your area! You simply pay a total cost upfront and are able to pick up your share of goods each week and/or every other week! “Going local” has become something incredibly important and valuable to me. By purchasing your produce locally, you support your city, your state, and your local economy. You also avoid many chemicals that are used by major farming corporations.
1. Freshness: FCSA produce is harvested the same day you receive it! While produce in our grocery stores travels over 1500 miles, over a week, from farm to table.
2. Taste: Freshly picked, ripe produce tastes better. Our FCSA farmer also grows heirloom vegetables chosen for taste rather than shelf life.
3. Seasonal: CSA participants receive whatever produce is seasonally available—with the exception of storage crops like potatoes and onions which get us through the winter. Seasonal produce tastes better, stays fresh longer, and is better for you.
4. Nutrition: produce loses nutrients quickly. Studies have shown that vegetables frozen right after harvest have more nutrients than “fresh” produce that has been on a shipping truck for a week!
5. Variety: Our FCSA farmer grows over 70 different vegetables, herbs, and citrus each season. Farmer Frank is dedicated to growing native and heirloom crops—preserving biodiversity and providing an interesting variety of vegetables for CSAers.
6. Economics: FCSA produce is cheaper and we pay the farmer directly. By supporting local foods, we also support regional economic security—our dollars stay in our community.
7. Food security: FCSA participants know where our food comes from and what goes into it. FCSA produce is also free of genetically modified organisms.
8. Community: The FCSA not only fosters a connection between the Flagstaff community and our local farmer—the FCSA strengthens the Flagstaff community.
9. Energy Conservation: FCSA vegetables are produced only 150-miles away, versus 1500 miles, the average distance your grocery store produce travels. FCSA vegetables are also produced sustainably—in harmony with the land—with fewer chemicals and machines, further cutting down the use of fossil fuels.
10. Sustainable Future: CSA participants keep farmers on the land, local food in our community, and ensure future generations have access to local, healthy food. Most importantly, the FCSA brings people together in kitchens and over delicious meals every day!
CSA’s are all over the country. Check your local farmer’s market for more information about your city’s Community Supported Agriculture program!