Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Two MIIS Alumni Start “Local Catch Monterey,” a Community-Supported Fishery


Monterey Municipal Wharf.  (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

August 4, 2011

Many Monterey residents are regular subscribers to “shares” of local farm products through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).  Every week or so consumers get a share of seasonal crops from farmers participating in the CSA through their membership or subscription.  The advantages for the farmer include reliable demand and increased early-season cash flow.  For the consumer, a steady supply of fresh food and introduction to “new” produce are just a few of the rewards.  Both benefit from the connection between farmer and family. 

Alan Lovewell (MAIEP ’10) and Oren Frey (MAIEP ’11) are working on establishing what could be described as a CSA of the sea -- “Local Catch Monterey.”  People would buy a “share” in the catch and in return collect a supply of fresh local seafood every week or every other week.  “We are currently making a list of community members to present to the waterfront community to demonstrate the support for a Community Supported Fishery here in Monterey,” says Alan Lovewell.  Their concept is an exciting and timely new twist on the “local food” movement.

To learn more about the project or to sign up, visit localcatchmonterey.com.