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Congregation-supported agriculture proves a boon to farmers and consumers alike

Michael and Linda Nash, owners of Sunflower Fields Family Farm southeast of Decorah, Iowa, believe food shouldn't travel thousands of miles from farm to plate — as it now does in the United States. And they're proud to be part of a growing solution.

"None of my produce moves farther than 30 miles from my door," says Michael Nash. His farm is one of hundreds nationwide that have joined the community-supported agriculture movement, which connects farmers to nearby consumers.

"The idea is to close the gap between those who grow and those who eat what is grown," he says.

The ELCA adapted the idea as congregation-supported agriculture, which makes it an effort the community of faith can get behind.

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