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Sharing the burden of the organic cost with and for families?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 02, 2012 at 7:17 PM

A recent post made me think that possibly there is something missing in the Paleo community, and a potential for starting something pretty powerful.

As we all know purchasing organic products are expensive, and because of this a lot of families have to make use of non-organic CAFO/GM products or at worst perhaps reintroduce cheap grain fillers.

I was thinking what a great shame it is that parents may have to make the choice to continue using certain food items for budget reasons, over and above what may be most beneficial for their children.

Now I was wondering if there would be some way for local families and others who have a little more resources to help support each other, be that through financial support or simply doing meat shares of bulk purchasing.

I really think that this could work, and not only bring families and singles together but also provide a means for community investment in the young lives of many who may for the first time in 10s of years not have to deal with the industrialised commercialised food production line we have inadvertently setup for them.

Thoughts?

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on March 02, 2012
at 08:54 PM

Craigslist is a great way to connect--FaceBook, too!

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on March 02, 2012
at 08:54 PM

Email Melissa about the meatshare she set up in NYC.

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on March 02, 2012
at 07:20 PM

The question is how to find out who is in your local area and then find out how you can help each other?

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on March 02, 2012
at 11:54 PM

Definitely...ideas that I have seen people participating in and/or participate myself: meat shares, meat csas, community ownership of dairy animals, purchasing a whole animal directly from a farmer and sharing it out with friends, veggie csas, community gardens, using a friend's large lot to collectively grow one or two crops and share the bounty, collectively raising animals on a friend's rural property putting in time and $ and sharing the eggs/meat...as to the question of connecting with locals, I would start at your local farmers' market...what better place to connect with not only farmers, but people interested in supporting local agriculture. At least where I live, our local WAPF chapter is very active, and an excellent resource for the most high quality meat, etc., and an excellent resource for connecting with others in the way we are discussing here!

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on March 03, 2012
at 04:29 AM

I think this a wonderful idea. I am the mother of a four and we have been doing 85-90% paleo now for about 3 months. I have noticed our grocery bills aren't that much higher then before. We were already eating mostly organic, but not buying juice and cereal, and cutting down on milk as more then made up for cost. My husband and I have looked into buying 1/2 a cow, we just don't have the space right now. I think if we could find a way to start Paleo communities, as they used to do organic co-ops before the farmer's market and Whole Foods became hip could be one avenue to try.

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