Fire Puts Emphasis on the C in CSA
Organic Redneck Growers runs a fruit and vegetable farm less than a mile downriver from the Leaburg Dam. While the fields and structures were spared the brunt of the Holiday Farm Fire, manager Adam Lee said many of their CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, members were not so lucky. “About 40 people were evacuees in one form or another," he said, "and then there’s probably about 20 to 30 people that have lost homes.”
Lee said they couldn’t deliver food shares for two weeks. He said other CSA members from Eugene and Springfield overwhelmingly agreed to donate their credits to those in need. He said he's flattered by the sense of community that developed among their members.
Lee said the farm’s workers have been sharing stories and supporting each other while they work lately. He said they’d like to extend that communal feeling to their farm stand, adding, “We want to show up and still be able to provide fresh local produce to our neighbors, and also just be a space for people to connect and reflect and process together.”
Lee said they’re grateful for the efforts of first responders, who helped ensure they have a farm to come back to.