Food grown locally is not the same as food transported over long distances. Food travels on average 1300 miles before reaching the consumer. The retail cost of conventionally grown food at the store does not reflect the true cost to the environment of growing, packaging and shipping that food. As a CSA member, your share is harvested the same day that you pick it up at the farm. You will see and taste the difference.
We are losing farms at an alarming rate. Nationally 4.3 million acres of farmland were lost to development and urban sprawl between 1982 and 1992, nearly 50 acres an hour. Locally, there is a rich agricultural heritage in this area that must be preserved. In Bucks County in 1945 there were 4,063 farms on 267,000 acres. In 1997 there were only 739 farms on 83, 534 acres. In 2009, the number of farms increased to 933 but the acreage decreased to 75,000 acres.