Since March 2008, Deconstructing Dinner has featured The Local Grain Revolution – a series tracking the evolution of Canada’s first community supported agriculture (CSA) project for grain. The CSA completed its first year in the end of 2008 following a commitment by 3 farmers in the Creston Valley of British Columbia who planted 15 acres of grain for 180 members and 1 business. On this ninth episode, we continue with our detailed coverage of the CSA’s evolution and zero in once again on some of the meetings of the CSA’s steering committee as they discuss year two of the project.
These and past recordings of the meetings of the Grain CSA provide a listening and learning opportunity not often found within media… and of the hours and hours of audio that Deconstructing Dinner has recorded of the CSA’s meetings, this episode will feature some of the more compelling discussions and debates that took place not long after the completion of the CSA’s year one. These segments will introduce the CSA’s decision to triple in size and incorporate more businesses into the project and in doing so introduce yet another interesting model that has since been called RSA, or, Retail Supported Agriculture.
Matt Lowe, co-founder, Kootenay Grain CSA (Nelson, BC)
Brenda Bruns, co-founder, Kootenay Grain CSA (Creston, BC)
Drew and Joanne Gailius, farmers, Full Circle Farm (Canyon, BC)
Keith Huscroft, farmer, Huscroft Farm (Lister, BC)
Roy Lawrence, farmer, Lawrence Farm (Creston, BC)
Wayne Harris, farmer, Mountain Valley Farm (Lister, BC)
Abra Brynne, foodshed animator (Nelson, BC)
Download of the audio available here