1. Know Who They Are: It might seem silly, but you can't support people you don't know exist. Look for local ranches, gardens, even those making goods like honey or eggs. You'll be surprised at who's actually around you once you start looking!
2. Buy Their Stuff: Maybe you'd like to join a CSA or just hit up the farmers' market every weekend, but no matter what, your dollar counts. Buying local has a very real impact and is important.
3. Spread The Word: Just because you don't want to join a CSA doesn't mean that your friends don't. Talking about the things you bring to your dinner table in an open and inviting way is a great way to get others engaged.
4. Visit and Lend a Hand: Most farms will gladly accept a little volunteer help! You might pick weeds for a day, help harvest or even start fall crops. Every hand makes a difference and sometimes it's fun to get your hands dirty. Many established farms have visitor days where you can go check out how things are made. (This is a lovely way to get children involved and educated about where their food comes from.)
5. Make Charitable Donations: Donations to local farms are tax deductible. Give a little, get a lot!
How do you support your local farmers? Let us know in the comments below!
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