Fairbanks is a hotbed for community supported farms

From The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Monday, May 24, 2010:

Seedlings sprouting from garden beds and buds shooting off vines around town foreshadow a summer full of fresh salads, herb infusions and vegetable lasagnas. Within the next few weeks, members of community-supported agriculture (or CSA) farms will be picking up their first bushel of lettuce, radishes, turnips and other early-season produce.

“Fairbanks is the Mecca for CSAs,” said Michelle Hebert, agriculture and horticulture agent at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.

“We have more CSAs than other regions of Alaska. This is where you see the most farmers utilizing the model,” she said.

Demand for local produce is equally strong, and the marketplace is just about sold out, say Fairbanks farmers.

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