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Ploughshare Farm celebrates National CSA Sign-Up Day

Ploughshare Farm near Alexandria will join other farms from around the country for National Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Sign-Up Day this Saturday, February 28.

The day encourages food consumers to buy a share of their local CSA farm’s harvest for the 2015 season.

CSA was introduced to the U.S. in the 1980s and has since grown to more than 6,000 farms across the country. To join a CSA, members buy a share of the harvest in the winter and spring and then get a box of local produce each week throughout the growing season.

“CSAs are the most authentic connection between a farmer and eater available," said Simon Huntley from Small Farm Central, a technology company that works with CSA farms across the country, and the creator of National CSA Sign-up Day. "This model is economically important to farmers, especially small and beginning farmers, because they can grow with confidence knowing that they have a market for their produce ahead of time.”

February 28 was chosen as National CSA Sign-up Day because this day is the most popular day to sign up for CSA shares, according to the 2014 CSA Farming Report. Buying a CSA share in late winter is important because farmers are making the capital investments for this year’s harvest now and the CSA model means they do not need to finance these costs with costly credit.

Ploughshare Farm is a certified organic farm located 18 miles north of Alexandria. It grows a variety of organic vegetables and some fruits on 160 acres bordering the Chippewa River.

To learn more about Ploughshare Farm, go to the website

To learn more about National CSA Sign-Up Day and the CSA model, visit

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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