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Community Supported Agriculture

September 21, 2010 – Katy, Texas – A Katy church will partner with a local farm New Hope Presbyterian Church, located at 1350 North Mason Road, will team up with Wood Duck Farm of Cleveland, TX to provide direct-to-consumer farm produce. This Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program will begin in early October.

“The CSA program is a direct partnership between the consumer and the farmer,” said Wood Duck Farm owner Van Weldon. “We’re excited to have New Hope join us as our latest distribution site.”

The 10-week program brings a variety of fresh herbs and produce to the consumer.  “For the fall we’ve planted arugula and salad mix items, as well as direct seeded some carrots, beets, spinach and chard. Squash, broccoli, cauliflower, cantaloupe and honeydew also have been transplanted,” said Weldon.

Cost of the program is $330 for the season for a full share and $220 for a partial share. “A full share is generally sufficient for about two vegetable sides for four to five meals for a family of four,” Weldon noted. “A partial share is about one-third less, so it may be a better fit for two adults.”

Weekly CSA Farm shares will be available for pick-up from the church on Wednesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. New Hope is located one-quarter mile north of Interstate 10 on Mason Road.

To join the program, visit Wood Duck Farm’s website at www.woodduckfarm.com. Click on the “CSA Program” tab and follow the directions for “How to Join our CSA.”

The small family farm began by planting specialty produce for top restaurants in Houston, Austin and Dallas. The CSA program was added because “people like to know where their produce comes from,” Weldon said. “We also offer a variety of farm programs and specialty chef dinners to reintroduce today’s children and their parents back to farm life.”

“New Hope feels it’s important to support local farmers and their efforts which is why we volunteered to be a distribution site,” said Sarah Mato, who has participated in the CSA program for more than a year. “We hope others in the Katy area will take advantage of Wood Duck Farm’s quality CSA program.” Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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