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There is an enormous amount of media coverage – newspapers, books, magazines, and television – on the green revolution in the U.S.  It’s about time.

We are certainly behind the Europeans in this area, particularly as it relates to organic food.  However, I was pleased to read recently about the growth of organic food consumption in the U.S.  It is now a $20 billion per-year business, accounting for nearly 5% of total consumption.  The major U.S. food corporations are getting in on the game.  They now recognize that this market is growing and has excellent future potential, and have been buying up successful organic food brands and are bringing their major marketing muscle to bear on them.   

Last week when my wife and I were in Wisconsin, we had the opportunity of getting a first-hand look at an organic farm.  We visited Kings Hill Farm near Mineral Point, Wisconsin, which specializes in the growth of organic vegetables.  The farmers, Joel and Jai Kellum, showed us their greenhouses, washing, packing, and storage facilities. They also detailed their commitment to permaculature methods, which allows their fields to retain their natural nutrients, reject pests and birds, and provide the highest quality of organic vegetables.

 

We were certainly impressed and are looking forward to this summer’s produce, which they are supplying to various CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture).  For $35 a week, you can collect a large box of certified organic, freshly picked vegetables every week (or biweekly if your needs are less) at a number of pick-up sites in the Chicagoland area, including The Chicago Botanic Garden, with whom Kings Hill have a partnership.  They will also be a regular at the twice-monthly Farmers Market at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

 

The CSA allows the community to support local organic farmers by applying for a membership, which funds their seeds, labor, and utility costs and then provides the member with a beautiful box of freshly picked vegetables every week.

 

If you’re interested, contact Kings Hill Farm at http://www.kingshillfarm.com/

 

If we want to provide for our family’s health and preserve the planet, we have to support and actively engage in every part of the green revolution.  A CSA Program is a simple, healthy and sensible way of participating.

 

 We wish you healthy eating.

 

Ellis M. Goodman, author of Bear Any Burden: www.bearanyburden.com

 

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