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Local Food 101

Have you ever wondered why certain foods are labelled Organic and others Natural.  What is the difference between Grass Fed Beef and Corn Fed Beef?  Should you buy the Free Range Eggs or those from Free Run Hens?  Are there Nutritional advantages of one over the other?  And who makes the decisions concerning Certification and Labelling in Canada?  If you have asked any of these questions, then this section is for you! 

Based on some of the most commonly-asked questions about our food, Foodlink has compiled Local Food 101 to help you navigate through the confusion that surrounds food and agriculture terminology today. 

Choose topics to explore from the categories listed below.  This list will grow over time.  Should there be a term that's not here that you'd like to see covered, please let us know.  We'll do our homework to help get you the facts on your food!

Community Shared Agriculture (CSA)

Other terms include Community Supported Agriculture

CSA farmers receive a set fee from their shareholders, prior to the start of the growing season, that assists with the purchase of seed and other seasonal start up costs. In return, the shareholders receive weekly shares of produce from the farm throughout the growing season. In a CSA program it is acknowledged by all parties that, since shareholders assume the same risks as the farmer, they could receive less produce than anticipated if a crop fails.

In a CSA program, consumers receive fresh, often organic, food from a trusted local source. In return, CSA farmers receive community investment in their farms and a greater share of the food dollar. According to the Ontario Community Shared Agriculture Directory , in a good year it's a win-win situation. And in a bad year, the farmer survives.