Posted by Robert DuBois | Jun 23, 2010
When we visited Schoharie valley in upstate New York, we learned about a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that connects farmers in that area with residents of the South Bronx, 150 miles away. The program recently delivered its first produce – with biweekly subscriptions and an income-based pricing model, rather than the typical season-long and fixed-price model – to the area.
When Richard Ball, who is one of the farmers working with the project, first told us about it back in May, the idea and the action really inspired us – the CSA is a powerful model for getting fresh, local, seasonal produce to the table, and this program gives those who most need it the access they deserve.
This is a prime example of extending locally-produced food beyond the farmer’s market, expanding its reach to those who have limited access to food or live in a food desert.
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