Affordable healthy food is a right, not a privilege

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Nutrition is an essential component to our health. What we consume dictates our energy levels, our happiness, and our lifespan.

The grocery store has become a battlefield. It is a war between organic vs. non-organic, locally grown vs. imported goods, processed vs. fresh foods.

The lettuce has wilted from its long journey from Mexico and pesticides gleam off the apples. Trying to adhere to all the warnings about food ends up leaving us with very little options about what we can safely consume. Plus, the cost of eating organic fruits and vegetables is expensive. Most of us can only substitute one or two items of produce to organic. Are we doomed to a life of disease and early death if we cannot afford to buy organically grown food?

Is there anything left that we can eat? One response to the outcry of frustrated consumers has been the development of the Community Supported Agriculture initiative.

CSAs describe the mutually exclusive relationship between the farm and the community. Shareholders register for the growing year and pay the upfront cost of production. In return, the farm supplies nutritious and healthy food to the CSA members. CSAs are an affordable option for fresh produce. 

There are a number of farms located in Cumberland County that are part of the CSA initiative. By investing in CSAs you are directly supporting local farmers and helping to preserve the farmland of Cumberland County.

The YMCA is proud to announce that we are partnering with local Goodlake Farm to nurture families in our local area and support this Community Supported Agriculture initiative. You can research more CSAs by visiting Affordable healthy food is a right not a privilege; everyone deserves the chance to participate in a healthy lifestyle. 


Stacey Coombs is a membership services representative at the YMCA Association of Cumberland. At the Y appears bi-weekly in The Amherst News.




Organizations: Community Supported Agriculture, YMCA, The Amherst News

Geographic location: Mexico, Cumberland County

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