Gachi CSA

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This post is about a new CSA (Consumer Supported Agriculture) that has recently started up in my current place of residence, Seoul, South Korea. The CSA name is Gachi CSA which means together and value 같이 (together) and 가치 (value) both have the same pronunciation. If you’re not familiar with what a CSA is or does I’ll provide a link to an article I wrote last month for Gachi CSA’s monthly newsletter at the end of this post. For the past year and a half I have been lucky enough to get to know the farmers who provide the food that goes into the weekly Gachi CSA baskets. It’s very much local food that comes from the largest organic food producing area in Korea – Namyangju, which is about a one hour train ride East from central Seoul. Kim Byung Soo, the man who gave me my first farming experience and who I’ve come to know as a mentor and friend has joined with neighboring farmers to provide the food for the CSA. Mr. Kim produces organic eggs, strawberries, and a variety of herbs at his farm. In addition he’s worked hard the past year to create an educational center at his farm. He’s added goats and rabbits and has transformed his giant hoop house into a place where people can cook – it has a fully functioning kitchen – and enjoy each other’s company. The name of his farm is Hansol Farm and in addition to producing food Mr. Kim hosts monthly CSA member farm days there. I’ll be attending one later this month and hopefully be processing my first chicken to help prepare for the dinner. He encourages all CSA members to come to the farm and see where their food comes from and lend a hand if they want to get their hands dirty.

Hansol Farm Community House

Hansol Farm Community House

Hansol Farm Kitchen

Hansol Farm Kitchen

Gachi CSA offers a variety of options. I asked for a taster basket which is one week’s worth of produce. There are couple’s basket and family basket options. If you like the taster basket you can opt for a one month share (4 weeks), half share (13 weeks), or full share (26 weeks). They also provide add-on options for juice, bread, snacks, meat, and fruit.

 

My Taster Basket

My Taster Basket

Content List for My Basket

Content List for My Basket

 

 

 

 

 

Final Thoughts

As a wannabe farmer and food conscious individual being a part of a CSA is a great idea. It gives you motivation to cook at home which is usually cheaper and healthier. It gives you an opportunity to support local farmers who farm in environmentally and nutritionally healthy ways. And it gives you a chance to be a part of a community who share similar values, at least when it comes to food, which is a great gateway to discuss all other values.

Here is the link to my article I wrote for this month’s news letter to learn more about the history of CSAs – Click here

For More about Gachi CSA go to their website – Click here
You can also find them on Facebook – Click here

Comments

  1. Gabriel

    Thanks for the info! Do you think they’d deliver these baskets to Seoul? I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on some of that CSA goodness.

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