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 JOIN CARIPORTER ORGANIC CSA NOW BY SELECTING AND PAYING FOR YOUR CHOICES 

 

Organic CSA Cariporter - Single Choices

 

Organic CSA Cariporter - Weekly Choices

 

Organic CSA Cariporter - All Choices

 

 

AFTER JOINING OUR CSA, GET A FRIEND TO BECOME A MEMBER AND EARN $15 TOWARDS YOUR NEXT PURCHASE.

 

We usually grow and deliver up to thirty two (32) crops from May/June to October. Some of the crops we grow are Basil, Cabbage, Callaloo, Cantaloupe, Chives, Collards, Edible flowers - Calendula, Boarge and/or Nasturtiums, Eggplants, Garlic, Ground cherry, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Parsley, potatoes, Salad mix, Spinach, Sweet peppers, Tomatoes, Zucchini, etc.

 

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What is CSA?

 CSA means community supported agriculture, and it is a collaborative way for individuals to assist farmers in their agricultural pursuits for the farming season, and in return, you receive deliveries of healthy nutritional organic food. 

 

How does it work?

 

It works by you paying in advance for your organic food such as organic vegetables, fruits, spices, etc., and during the farming season, you receive your weekly (or as you determine) organic produce.

 

For example, in the CariporterOrganic CSA programme, you may pay for 16 weeks delivery of organic food for one person. This 16 weeks is normally from June - September.

 

During the 16 weeks, you will receive at least six (6) different organic food each week, and as much as thirty two (32) over the course of the 16 weeks. This makes it a lot cheaper than purchasing each type of organic produce separately. 

 

Each weekly delivery may include organic basil, beans, callaloo, carrots, cherries, chives, collard greens, eggplants, garlic scapes, garlic bulbs, kale, leeks,lettuce, melons, onions, parsley, peppers, potatoes, radish, salad mix, spinach, tomatoes, and zucchinis just to highlight a few. 

 

Payments are made in advance (i.e. before the farming season which is usually May - October).

 

Why do you pay in advance?

 

Paying in advance ensures the organic farmer knows how much clients he or she will be producing food for, so as to reduce wastage and ensure quality. Advance payments also help the organic farmer to cover some of the expenses involved in organic food production, before he or she is ready to deliver organic food to customers. 

 

What are the benefits of joining Cariporter Organic CSA?

 

The benefits of joining Cariporter Organic CSA are:

 

  • Cariporter Organic CSA offers discounts;

 

  • Cariporter Organic CSA offers gifts, especially for early birds;

 

  • Cariporter Organic CSA offers free delivery across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) such as Ajax, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, King City, Markham, Mississauga, Oakville, Pickering, Richmond Hill, Thornhill and Toronto;

 

  • And all the food grown and sold by Cariporter Organic is locally produced and 100% organically grown.

 

 Can I customize/select what I want in my Cariporter Organic CSA weekly delivery?

 

Yes.

For more information click Organic CSA Available Options 

 

 

Deliveries start as early as May, and Cariporter Organic CSA runs for sixteen (16) weeks.

 

 

 Select your choices and enjoy now!

 

* Organic CSA Cariporter - Single Choices

* Organic CSA Cariporter - Weekly Choices

* Organic CSA Cariporter - All Choices

 

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT ORGANIC CSA

 

 

 

Organic food is the way to go for health, nutrition, protecting the environment and assisting farmers (especially small farmers) to thrive.

 

Currently, the organic food movement is controlled by the two most important factors, consumers and farmers. And as long as this continues, then all shall benefit.

 

If the organic food system begins to operate like the conventional system that is controlled by multinationals, factory farms and backed by government regulations, then consumers will be going back into an unhealthy, non-nutritional food system that is very expensive, unsustainable, environmentally unfriendly and ensures many farmers remain poor and in poverty.

 

Before we get more into organic food and community supported agriculture (csa) programs, let us define what is organic.

 

 

WHAT IS ORGANIC?

 

 

According to the book Why Organic Farming Is Great For Canada by Leroy A. Brown, “Organic is a process within which crops are grown, animals are reared, food and beverages are manufactured using non-conventional methods, such as not using synthesized herbicides and pesticides for weeds and crops; not using genetically modified (GM) seeds; and not using growth hormones in animals, just to highlight a few. It involves the use of compost and worm castings as fertilizers; it is planting legumes to help return nutrients back to the soil; it is crop rotating and intercropping; it is growing animals like cows on grass, organic alfalfa and organic grain as food, and allowing them to grow and develop as nature intended for them, and so on.

Therefore, organic farming is doing agriculture in such a way that it protects the environment, and makes humans, plants and animals healthier.

In order to let the general public know that a product is indeed organic, if word of mouth and/or touring the farm/food operation is not sufficient, the producer will have his/her establishment assessed by an authorized certifier, before organic designation is given. This certification allows the farmer to sell not just locally, but nationally and globally.

Organic farming is more about wholesomeness rather than financial gains. And if done properly, it will result in a lot of money being earned, like what is being experienced by many of the stakeholders (such as farmers, distributors and retailers). However, if the aim is solely to make money, and to do so at any cost like in many large conventional food operations, then there will be far more losses than gains”. 

The Canadian Organic Growers (COG) goes on to define organic as “… the only type of agriculture with a set of principles that puts nature first. These principles are enshrined in industry-developed standards approved by consumers and verified annually by third-party organizations. As of 2009, federal organic standards are now backed by government regulation and oversight.

Organic standards are based on seven general principles:

 

  1. Protect the environment, minimize soil degradation and erosion, decrease pollution, optimize biological productivity and promote a sound state of health.
  2. Maintain long-term soil fertility by optimizing conditions for biological activity within the soil.
  3. Maintain biological diversity within the system.
  4. Recycle materials and resources to the greatest extent possible within the enterprise.
  5. Provide attentive care that promotes the health and meets the behavioural needs of        livestock.
  6. Prepare organic products, emphasizing careful processing, and handling methods in order to maintain the organic integrity and vital qualities of the products at all stages of production.
  7. Rely on renewable resources in locally organized agricultural systems.”[1]

 

Internationally, organic can be defined as “… a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.”[2]

The Organic World Foundation (OWF) – an institution that supports the global development of organic agriculture, and works closely with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) Global Action Network, has described organic agriculture as being based on the following four (4) principles:

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF HEALTH

 

“Organic Agriculture should sustain and enhance the health of soil, plant, animal, human and planet as one and indivisible.

 

This principle points out that the health of individuals and communities cannot be separated from the health of ecosystems. Health is the wholeness and integrity of living systems and it is not simply the absence of illness. Immunity, resilience and regeneration are key characteristics of health.

 

In particular, organic agriculture is intended to produce high quality, nutritious food that contributes to preventive health care and well-being. In view of this it should avoid the use of fertilizers, pesticides, animal drugs and food additives that may have adverse health effects.”[3]

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF ECOLOGY

 

“Organic Agriculture should be based on living ecological systems and cycles, work with them, emulate them and help sustain them.

 

Those who produce, process, trade, or consume organic products should protect and benefit the common environment including landscapes, climate, habitats, biodiversity, air and water.

 

Organic farming, pastoral and wild harvest systems should fit the cycles and ecological balances in nature. These cycles are universal but their operation is site-specific. Organic management must be adapted to local conditions, ecology, culture and scale. Inputs should be reduced by reuse, recycling and efficient management of materials and energy in order to maintain and improve environmental quality and conserve resources.

 

Organic agriculture should attain ecological balance through the design of farming systems, establishment of habitats and maintenance of genetic and agricultural diversity.”[4]

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF FAIRNESS

“Organic Agriculture should build on relationships that ensure fairness with regard to the common environment and life opportunities.

 

Fairness is characterized by equity, respect, justice and stewardship of the shared world, both among people and in their relations to other living beings.

 

This principle emphasizes that those involved in organic agriculture should conduct human relationships in a manner that ensures fairness at all levels and to all parties - farmers, workers, processors, distributors, traders and consumers. Organic agriculture should provide everyone involved with a good quality of life, and contribute to food sovereignty and reduction of poverty.It aims to produce a sufficient supply of good quality food and other products.

 

This principle insists that animals should be provided with the conditions and opportunities of life that agree with their physiology, natural behavior and well-being.

 

Natural and environmental resources that are used for production and consumption should be managed in a way that is socially and ecologicallyjust and should be held in trust for future generations. Fairness requires systems of production, distribution and trade that are open and equitable and account for real environmental and social costs.”[5]

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF CARE

“Organic Agriculture should be managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations and the environment.

 

Organic agriculture is a living and dynamic system that responds to internal and external demands and conditions. Practitioners of organic agriculture can enhance efficiency and increase productivity, but this should not be at the risk of jeopardizing health and well-being. Consequently, new technologies need to be assessed and existing methods reviewed. Given the incomplete understanding of ecosystems and agriculture, care must be taken.

 

This principle states that precaution and responsibility are the key concerns in management, development and technology choices in organic agriculture. Science is necessary to ensure that organic agriculture is healthy, safe and ecologically sound. However, scientific knowledge alone is not sufficient. Practical experience, accumulated wisdom and traditional and indigenous knowledge offer valid solutions, tested by time. Organic agriculture should prevent significant risks by adopting appropriate technologies and rejecting unpredictable ones, such as genetic engineering. Decisions should reflect the values and needs of all who might be affected, through transparent and participatory processes.”[6]

 

THE BEST AND CHEAPEST WAY OF HAVING ORGANIC FOOD

 

Apart from growing and rearing the food yourself, the next best way of getting organic food is to get it directly from an organic farmer. One means of doing this is through a community supported agriculture (csa) program.  

 

Organic CSA is a community supported agriculture program where you pay in advance, and receive your weekly supply of fresh, nutritional, local organic food during the growing season.

 

CSA may be further defined as “… an innovative model of food distribution that connects the consumer directly with the farmer. A CSA customer essentially buys a stake in the farm and in return, receives a regular delivery of fresh produce throughout the growing season.  CSA is a great way to create local food infrastructure, reducing our dependence on imported/shelf stable foods and fossil fuels all while connecting families and neighbors to the benefits of local seasonal agriculture.

When people start a CSA for the first time, they often fail to see the challenge of eating locally. You are making a commitment to eating healthy season-focused foods, which is in direct contradiction to the way most of us have learned to eat. It is not easy to have your menu planned out for you by Nature- but it is more sustainable, healthier, and ultimately more enjoyable.”[7]

 

EXAMPLE OF AN ORGANIC CSA

 

An example of an organic csa program is Cariporter Organic CSA.

Cariporter Organic CSA is one of the methods Cariporter Inc is using to make healthy, local, fresh, nutritional organic food more accessible and affordable.

Being part of this program is easy. You may contact Cariporter Organic CSA online at Cariporter Organic Store, by email at info[at]cariporter.ca, by phone at 647-852-4300, and/or by mail at 465 Yonge St. PO Box 73021 Wood St., Toronto, ON M4Y 2W5, Canada.

Cariporter Orgnic Store is also the ultimate place for books on organic agriculture, information and statistics on the organic sector, organic gardening and lawn care services, and more.

All efforts by Cariporter are geared towards accomplishing its vision, mission and objectives as follows:

 

Cariporter Vision

To improve lives and the environment organically.

 

Cariporter Mission

To lead the organic sector through innovation, expertise, and by providing products and services that are of benefit to individuals and organizations.

 

Cariporter Objectives

* To increase the knowledge base about the organic sector.

* To assist in building an economic sector from which all can benefit.

* To participate in developing a prosperous organic sector.

 

Who Are Cariporter

We are organic farmers, who are professionals, helping farmers, individuals, corporations, etc.

 


 
HOW ORGANIC CSA CARIPORTER WORKS

 

Cariporter Organic CSA works by you selecting the number of weeks you want organic food for such as 12 weeks or 8 weeks, and the amount such as for 2 people or a family of 5 persons.

 

So if you selected 16 weeks delivery of organic food, this is normally from June – September.

 

During the 16 weeks, you will receive at least six (6) different organic food each week, and as much as thirty two (32) over the course of the 16 weeks. This makes it a lot cheaper than purchasing each type of organic produce separately.

 

Each weekly delivery may include organic basil, beans, callaloo, carrots, cherries, chives, collard greens, eggplants, garlic scapes, garlic bulbs, kale, leeks, lettuce, melons, onions, parsley, peppers, potatoes, radish, salad mix, spinach, tomatoes, and zucchini just to highlight a few.

 

Payments are made in advance (i.e. before the farming season which is usually May – October). This ensures the organic farmer knows how much clients he or she will be producing food for, so as to reduce wastage and ensure quality. Advance payments also help the organic farmer to cover some of the expenses involved in organic food production, before he or she is ready to deliver organic food to customers.

 

BENEFITS OF JOINING AN ORGANIC CSA

There are numerous benefits for joining an organic csa.

 

SPECIAL BENEFITS FOR JOINING ORGANIC CSA CARIPORTER

 

Some of the benefits of joining Cariporter Organic CSA are: 

  • Cariporter Organic CSA offers discounts;
  • Cariporter Organic CSA offers free gifts, especially for early birds;
  • Cariporter Organic CSA offers free delivery to addresses in Ajax, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, King City, Markham, Mississauga, Oakville, Pickering, Richmond Hill, Thornhill and Toronto;
  • And all food are grown locally and 100% organically by Cariporter Organic Farm.

 

OTHER BENEFITS FOR JOINING AN ORGANIC CSA

 

  • You and other consumers are able to have affordable, fresh, local, healthy and nutritional organic food.
  • It is convenient because you may pick up your organic food at a central location, or have it delivered like in the Cariporter Organic CSA program.
  • Joining an organic csa helps farmers to grow and develop their food enterprises.
  • Being part of an organic csa helps to build communities and local economies.
  • Subscribing to an organic csa helps to reduce waste because less packaging is needed.
  • Supporting an organic csa helps you and other consumers learn about the different food that grows within your province, parish or state.

 

COMMITMENTS WITHIN AN ORGANIC CSA PROGRAM

 

Organic Farmer Commitments

 

  • To grow a diversity of the highest quality … organic vegetables.
  • To continue to improve on sustainable methods of food production.
  • To provide tips and recipes to customers/shareholders for using the vegetables.
  • To work to understand customers/shareholders needs and respond to feedbacks.[8]

 

Customer/Shareholder Commitments

 

  • To pay the full cost of your share (i.e. the total cost for your weekly organic food) before the season begins.
  • To pick-up your weekly organic food during the scheduled pick-up times, or provide a physical address for deliveries.
  • To support your organic farmer in reducing waste by providing your own container or bag for your organic food.

 

WHERE YOU CAN FIND CSAs

 

Cariporter Organic CSA

 

http://www.cariporterstore.biz/categories/organic-food-products-goods-others/organic-food/organic-csa-2016-cariporter.html

 

Ontario CSA Farm Directory

 

http://csafarms.ca/

 

International CSA Farm Directory

 

http://www.harvesthand.com/Community/World-CSA-Farm-Map

 

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) CSA Directory

 

http://www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/csas

 



[1] “What is Organic?” Canadian Organic Growers, Cog.ca. http://www.cog.ca/about_organics/what_is_organics/

[2] “Organic Agriculture” Organic World Foundation, Organicworldfoundation.org   http://www.organicworldfoundation.org/organic_agriculture.html

[3] “Organic Agriculture” Organic World Foundation, Organicworldfoundation.org   http://www.organicworldfoundation.org/organic_agriculture.html

[4] “Organic Agriculture.” Organic World Foundation, Organicworldfoundation.org   http://www.organicworldfoundation.org/organic_agriculture.html

[5] “Organic Agriculture.” Organic World Foundation, Organicworldfoundation.org   http://www.organicworldfoundation.org/organic_agriculture.html

[6] “Organic Agriculture.” Organic World Foundation, Organicworldfoundation.org   http://www.organicworldfoundation.org/organic_agriculture.html

[7] Burge Organic Farm, Burgeorganicfarm.com http://www.burgeorganicfarm.com/what-is-csa/

[8] “CSA info”, Reroot Farm, Reroot.ca http://www.reroot.ca/certified_organic_produce.php

 

 



 

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