CSA: Community-supported agriculture is a locally based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. CSA members pay at the beginning of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest and then receive shares of produce after the harvest.
Free Range: A method of farming husbandry where the animals can roam freely outdoors for at least some of the day instead of being confined in an enclosure 24 hours a day.
GMOs: Genetically modified organisms are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering.
Grass Fed: Animals raised on primarily forage diet.
Local: There is no specific definition, but many consumers say local food should be produced within a 100-mile radius of their homes to have the freshest food.
Organic: Food grown without the use of artificial chemicals
Organic-certified: A labeling term that indicates that the food has been produced through approved by a USDA-accredited certifying agent.
Permaculture: A system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.
Sustainability: A method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.