Organic sellouts: CSA gets swamped



Cal Poly's organic Community Supported Agriculture program had a huge response to its spring shares this year, with all 300 shares selling out and more than 100 people opting for the waiting list.

"It was just kind of crazy," said CSA manager Leah Bauer. "Our fax machine was backed up We got something like 184 applications in 48 hours."

Bauer attributes the response to media attention to the program as well as a rising interest in organic, local food in general.

Under a CSA, members get a share of a farm's production and it varies, from turnips to strawberries, depending on what's in season. Cal Poly's program also distributes some food grown from other organic producers through its program.

Outreach Coordinator Anastasia Killham said that last year's spring offering sold out as well, but not until after the season had started. She noted that enrollment in an associated organic enterprise class is also at record levels.

Bauer said people will get another chance to buy shares in a summer offering, starting the week of June 16. In the meantime, Cal Poly CSA folks are trying to direct people to other local organic share programs.

Killham recommended the websites and local for help locating other CSAs.

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