Note to readers, attached is a complete final report for FNE00-348.
Ryan used her grant to establish a CSA, which provided her eleven shareholders with weekly deliveries of vegetables, flowers, and herbs. She also offered recipes and a weekly newsletter and invited her shareholders to the farm to learn certain crafts and skills like jam-making, and also asked the shareholders to help with chores.
She received an indifferent response and was disappointed in her results. To Ryan, the CSA is something more than just a means of growing and distributing vegetables; to her it has social and even aesthetic meaning as well. She found, however, that her shareholders’ interest in it was primarily as a source of fresh produce.