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Community works together to grow own food

EAST PRICE HILL, Ohio (Josh Knight) -- Growing your own fresh produce is a lot of work, but a new type of garden growing is becoming more popular in the area.

It's not your typcial garden, and it certainly isn't a full scale farm either. This is community supported agriculture, or a CSA, and Alison Ruf is the operations manager.

"We run into people almost once a week that are like 'what are you doing back there?' 'Is this a garden; can I buy food here?' 'How does this work?' So it's really fun, especially to talk to the neighbors," she says.

This is one of eight small gardens that make up the Enright Ridge CSA in East Price Hill.

Community supported means people have a chance to buy a share in the garden during the spring for $600.

"In return, for 25 weeks they can come here every Saturday and pick up their share of vegetables, which is enough food for two to three people, explains Ruf.

She says local food is also better for the environment than food that must be shipped in.

"It's kind of hard on our environment because of the fossil fuels that are used to ship the food, so it's nice to get food that's grown close to you."

Luke Simmons is one of more than 30 share owners and volunteers.

"This is the first year I've been a part of it, so this is going to be a learning experience for me this year, but so far it's been great," he says.

By volunteering 30 hours a season, share owners get a discount.

Simmons likes knowing where his food is coming from and that its free from pesticides, but says it has a bigger reach too.

"It seems like things like the CSA and other programs going on really bring the community together," he says.

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