More Farms Turning to Community Supported Agriculture
By SHAWN R. BEALS | The Hartford Courant
May 17, 2009
Their three grown children — Jonathan, 34, Sheri Mandirola, 31, and Sarah-Jean, 22, each with an agriculture degree from Cornell University — were concerned enough that they sat their parents down in March and delivered a three-word message: Community Supported Agriculture.
The phrase describes a process that has swept the country and is now ensconced in Connecticut: The Griffins would be the latest to sell shares in their farm to community members at the start of the growing season — at $425 a share — in exchange for fresh vegetables that shareholders pick up weekly throughout the summer.