Trend of Community-Supported Agriculture Continues to Grow in Chester County

Image of Sankanac CSA Garden via Virginia Lindak, MediaNews Group.

The trend of community-supported agriculture is on the rise in Chester County, as CSA gardens continue to be a draw for families looking to eat healthier and support local farmers, writes Virginia Lindak for The Pottstown Mercury.

Sankanac CSA Garden is one of the oldest in Chester County. Nearly 50 years since it was first established, it continues to hold a strong focus on organic and biodynamic farming elements.

The 20-acre garden is situated on a larger estate in Kimberton and is part of Camphill Village Kimberton Hills. The nonprofit is a life-sharing community where 40 adults with developmental disabilities live and work.

The garden originally supplied produce for village residents. It began selling to the public in the 1980s, and by late 1990s, it offered shares to the public.

The garden is offering 275 family shares this year. Shareholders pay a set amount for the entire season that starts in June and come by once a week to pick up their produce.

For six years, the garden has also partnered with the Chester County Food Bank, providing it with garden beds to grow crops for its own farming program.

Read more about Sankanac CSA Garden in The Pottstown Mercury here.

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