GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The eat local movement is getting a federal boost.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded Local First a two-year $94,000 grant for Community Supported Agriculture. Local First is teaming up with West Michigan Growers Group and Michigan State University Extension to provide resources for farmers to grow their CSA programs. With CSAs, community members purchase a share of a local farm, which then divides its harvest among investors. The CSA form of farming provides stability for farmers and allows investors to enjoy seasonable, locally grown produce. The program provides the health, relational and economic benefits that come with eating local.