What is a CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is part of a growing social movement that encourages urban & rural citizens to share responsibility for the land where their food is grown as well as how their food is produced. In simplest terms,

CSA is a partnership between agricultural producers and consumers.

Members or “shareholders” pay a fee at the beginning of the growing season to meet a farm’s operating expenses for the upcoming season. In return, members receive a portion of the farm’s produce each week throughout the growing season. 

Mission Trip- Wesley

Guatemala!

VanScoy Farms is proud to support Wesley and share that he gave his time and labor in Guatemala to help construct a home for a small family of four.

This is a short log of his time there:

Jan. 8 - Guatemala News Update... Wesley let us know that he is safely enjoying the beautiful weather- with no sunburns! This pic is a gorgeous black sand beach. He is just west of Guatemala City. Transmitting communications are spotty due to limited wi-fi in some of the remote areas. His Spanish speaking is limited, but he did say that reading the signs and billboards has been decent. Casa= house!

CRI posted a cool picture of the work crew from the Mt. Victory UM with the family who will be living in their first solid home (casa).
The little boy is five and the younger one is just 18 months old!

"Each family provides proof of property ownership if they are receiving a house. They also provide many hours of labor prior to the team arrival. In addition, they each provide an offering to help cover the costs of the project. The projects that we do are never handouts but they do provide people with an opportunity to work and improve their lives for possibly generations. - CRI"

Jan. 9 - Wesley shared a picture of the beginning foundation of the home he is working to help construct. The family is standing on the cement of their new home.  Day 2 work day was amazing and the crew is ahead of schedule! Way to go! Wesley says they have doors, windows and a cooking stove remaining.

Amazing how quickly this home is coming together.
Wesley shared that you will notice the lack of vertical wall studs like we use in our homes. The structure is designed to be inexpensive; the weather is mild therefore no insulation will be incorporated. The exterior siding provides much of the building's integrity. Surprisingly, Wesley said the largest piece of lumber he has used so far is a 2x2! The location is on a mountain side, high enough where there is not a lot of extreme weather. It will rain hard in the rainy season, but the wind doesn't blow like Ohio winds! 
You can see the team standing on an area which will be a covered porch. The home features a three room house, a porch and an outdoor kitchen.
Today's forecast - 90 degrees!

Guatemala work trip also provided time to share and enjoy the children! Work day 2, wow, is this crew FAST!

Jan. 10 - Sunday, 

Yes, You saw that right! LITTLE CAESAR's PIZZA in Guatemala! Pizza and football after a bit of sight-seeing. smile emoticon

Today, after attending the Missions Church, the work team took a little R and R and did a bit of sight-seeing in the ancient city of Antigua. 
Wesley sent this picture of the Ruins of the Capuchin Convent. An earthquake in 1773 devastated much of the area, this included. Look it up if you'd like to learn more of its fascinating history!

n the city of Antigua.
Don't you love that architecture?

This is the Antigua Guatemala Cathedral. The original was built in 1541. After suffering in an earthquake, it was rebuilt in 1680. And in 1773 the devastating earthquake drastically damaged the structure.

 

Jan. 11 - The House is stained, the doors and windows installed and the kitchen is constructed today! What a difference a day makes!  The house will be dedicated tomorrow. Way to go!

 

Jan. 12 - The home was dedicated to the Zet family today!

Jan. 13- Travel Day

Jan. 14 - Wesley is back in OHIO from his mission service trip to Guatemala. Welcome back to the frosty north. Buddy and the cattle are in the barn staying warm and toasty.

Work Crew and family
Work Crew and family

Stained and windows installed
Stained and windows installed

Sightseeing
Sightseeing

Pizza on Sunday
Pizza on Sunday

Black Sands of Guatemala
Black Sands of Guatemala

Antigua Cathedral
Antigua Cathedral

Dedicating the finished home
Dedicating the finished home

Playing with the children
Playing with the children

Homemade teeter totter

Day 1
Day 1

Amazing progress on construction of the walls.

Exterior!
Exterior!

Family who received the house
Family who received the house