Protect Open Space by Purchasing a CSA Share from Angelic Organics

March 21, 2013

Openlands believes that nature is vital to all people. It can be argued that food is one of the most direct connections with nature. Openlands strives to provide access to nature in all of its forms in the places where people live. In some areas underserved by parks, this might mean raised vegetable beds on a vacant city lot.

Openlands is involved in the local food movement from many angles – advocacy, planning, land acquisition, training, and education. Well-managed farmland supports our mission of improving land and water health, buffering natural areas, and providing habitat. A strong local food system helps support a healthier, greener, and more sustainable future, and fosters community along the way. 

For example, through the McHenry County Local Food Assessment Openlands identified the potential for local food farming on some of the best soils in the region as a way to perfectly complement the land conservation efforts around Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.

Although Openlands has held conservation easements on farmland since the 1980s, staff is now working within the local food movement to help address one of the crucial challenges of a sustainable local food system: access to land. One exciting development is a partnership with the Angelic Organics Learning Center and its affiliated Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in Boone County. Under the CSA system, consumers purchase a "membership" or "share" early in the growing season, which translates to weekly deliveries of fresh produce as it is harvested.

About Angelic Organics

With a goal of permanently protecting the Learning Center's recently acquired 70-acre tract along Kinnikinnick Creek, Openlands and Angelic Organics Learning Center are working together to raise the necessary stewardship funds to place the land under an agricultural conservation easement. Openlands will hold the easement, ensuring that the land is available for the CSA farm, organic farming education, and other open space uses in perpetuity. Angelic Organics Learning Center will own and manage the land.

You can join us in this effort by purchasing an Angelic Organics CSA farm share before April 5. You will receive direct-from-the-farm produce weekly from May through October, and a portion of the share cost will be donated towards the permanent protection of the land. There are options for home delivery, extending the delivery season, adding a fruit share, and more.

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