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  • Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative

    Nine local farms join together for one Community Supported Agriculture program
  • Farmers with the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative spend hours together every week assembling food boxes for 160 customers who have joined their in-town delivery program.
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  • Farmers with the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative spend hours together every week assembling food boxes for 160 customers who have joined their in-town delivery program.
    The farming families and friends meet at a central location in the Applegate Valley on Thursdays to mix an array of colorful, flavorful produce into boxes.
    Unlike typical CSAs — in which members of a Community Supported Agriculture program pay for the goods in advance to give one farmer seed money — SSC is a consortium of nine local farms that make up the Rogue Valley's largest collective CSA.
    Because of their diversity of land, the farmers can specialize in certain vegetables, which is a boon for them and their members.
    "We all sit down in January and go through the crop list and decide who's growing what," explains Ryan Dolan of L&R Family Farm in Applegate, where the boxes are assembled.
    "It's nice to highlight each farm," adds Melissa Matthewson of Barking Moon Farm, also in Applegate. "One grower might have a crop failure and another grower can fill in, so there's a lot of space for managing risk."
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