New Program for Sustainable products helps Farmers and the Local Economy

New Program for Sustainable products helps Farmers and the Local Economy New Program for Sustainable products helps Farmers and the Local Economy

   North Little Rock, Organize A group of people are abandoning grocery and get locally grown produce delivered directly to them. Heifer International has launched foodshed Farms CSA ... a pilot program that serves 150 families who pay $ 450 dollars a season to get a box of products weekly.

"I like that." Like Christmas every week, "says Jan Pownall, recipient foodshed Farms Program.

Like a lot of people, Jan Pownall served every Friday. Not only because it's the weekend, but it is the day that you receive your box of locally produced sustainable products.

"On one hand, I'm not wasting food.'ll Not eat a lot of processed foods," he says.

January is one of the 150 families receiving vegetables, fruit and chickens soon. Heifer International picks of farmers in the Delta and the San Jose Center in North Little Rock.

"It is so precious because we have farmers who receive stable income for him and is a way for them and a way to have a better connection to their food and where it came really supportive," says Lesley Waterson, project coordinator.

Families receive a variety of vegetables and fruits depending on the season. The delivery of this week is full of okra, melon, eggplant, tomato and pepper.

"Arkansas is an agricultural state. So it's a pretty big statement to be things that are not growing soybeans and corn. Really want to diversify what we can do in agriculture," says Waterson.

Project Coordinator Lesley Waterson hope that the local economy can benefit from this and save money.

"They are spending a lot of money that is not necessary for the export of Mexico or transported from South America. E is not necessarily produced in a sustainable way," says Waterson.

To Jan, knowing sustainable local fruits and vegetables end up on your plate, makes proud to contribute to the Arkansas community, "Very good for the economy and the environment. Growing up locally trucks do not have to go anywhere."

The organizers eventually sell to restaurants, hospitals and institutions to engage. You can visit the site