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The Common Ground Garden is a ministry of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict, and provides CSA produce shares for 18 weeks to community members. A summer research project was conducted to evaluate the general demographics and food waste habits of members of Common Ground. Access to fresh, in-season produce is a struggle in many parts of the country, and this pilot study was designed to better understand the demographics, vegetable consumption, and food waste behaviors of the members of this particular CSA. Investigating the accessibility of local agriculture and CSA programs, as well as the health demographics and dietary habits of members provides valuable information on the efficacy of an increasingly popular vegetable source.

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