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Tip of the week: How to eat organic (on a budget)

Buy a share in a CSA; Team up with a co-op; Join a buying club

Buy a share in a CSA. As part of a community-supported agriculture program, you help pay part of a local farm’s operating expenses and in return receive produce for the “duration of the growing season, which usually lasts 24 to 26 weeks.” Find one near you at Localharvest.org.

Team up with a co-op. Food co-operatives provide many organic, locally grown products at discounted prices. Though some require you to volunteer, most only ask for “modest dues.” To find one in your area, go to Coopdirectory.org.

Join a buying club. People all around the country get together to “buy in bulk” from wholesalers. Members share the work and expenses of “acquiring and distributing” the food, but being part of a buying club can “yield up to a 40 percent discount.” Visit Unitedbuyingclubs.com to join one.

Source: Family Circle

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