The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, in its quest to promote sustainable lifestyle choices for the public, is partnering with local vegetable grower Kai-Kai Farm of Martin County to offer the Zoo’s first “CSA” box pick-up program. Members of the public will now be able to order fresh produce directly Kai-Kai Farm and pick up their pre-packed CSA box at the Zoo every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and the pre-packed box is a collection of eight to nine current harvest items that will change seasonally. Customers may choose weekly or bi-weekly box pickups. Some minor customization of contents is possible. Register for CSA boxes online at www.kaikaifarm.com and click the link, “BUY VEGETABLES.” Choose “Drop” and the Palm Beach Zoo as the pickup location.
A Produce Stand inside the Zoo’s exit gate on the first and third Saturdays of every month will showcase a sample CSA box, highlighting the Zoo’s conservation mission of inspiring people to act on behalf of wildlife. The Produce Stand and CSA box pick-up site offerings are part of the “locavore” movement, with the goal of encouraging consumers to purchase locally-grown fruits and vegetables that are sustainably-grown and harvested, and educating the public about how buying local produce protects wildlife.
Andrew Aiken, president & CEO for the Zoo, said the CSA box pick-up initiative is a positive example of the “locavore” movement, which is gaining momentum. He said, “We like to promote local food businesses that source their offerings within 100 miles. These conservation actions inspire us, and we want to join in.”
“We are proud to partner with Kai-Kai Farm to offer these ‘locavore’ options,” he continued. “The reduction of carbon emissions from saved trucking miles is always a good thing for our climate and for wildlife.”