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Community-supported agriculture groups support local farms, foster new food ethic
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Philippe Waterinckx started the Tucson CSA in 2004 with one farmer and 15 members. Today the group boasts more than 500 members and has a waiting list 100 people long.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Ryan Bruce, who works at Agua Linda Farm, pulled weeds around the cucumber patch last week. Agua Linda Farm grows much of the Tucson CSA produce.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Agua Linda Farmer Stewart Loew explains how hoop houses (shown) can maximize crop yields in a harsh desert climate. Loew plans to expand the farm's operations using more hoop houses.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Sweet potatoes were part of the harvest given out to members last week.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, A weekly offering of produce at Tucson CSA costs members $19. Organizers of the CSA compare their prices weekly to supermarket organic produce, and prices usually are similar.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Tucson Community Supported Agriculture volunteers, from left, Daniela Diamente, Ignacio River De Rosales and Neil Diamente, unload the day's produce selections for members to pick up. Members of the Tucson CSA purchase a share of a farm's harvest, which they pick up weekly.