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Just Food's CSA Network affirms common values that celebrate the most meaningful elements of the CSA model. Urban groups and farmers in our network are committed to supporting local, sustainable agriculture, fostering community, fighting for a just food system, and upholding the CSA model--a model that has the power to transform economies, communities, and lives through food.

Just Food has helped over 110 CSAs get off the ground, representing approximately 43,200 people with access to farm fresh produce. The modest yearly fee for joining the CSA Network helps Just Food support existing CSAs around the city, as well as new city groups and farms. This will take us one step closer to our goal of giving every New Yorker the ability to eat fresh, local food.

Network Farmers & City Groups work actively to:

To find out more about these goals, click the links above or scroll down!

  

Support local farms

CSAs provide unparalleled support to small-scale, family farms in the NYC region. Food that is locally grown and quickly delivered tastes better and is more nutritious. By buying local, New Yorkers can keep their food dollars in the local economy, preserve natural resources and protect farmland, and reduce their "foodprint" by limiting the miles food must travel to reach their plates.

CSAs

Farmers

Participate in Just Food's farmer matching service to find a local grower that has completed Just Food's farmer application process

Grow food within 250 miles of New York City

 

Participate in Just Food's farmer application process

 

 

Promote sustainable & organic growers

Just Food CSA farms are committed to sustainable farming and good growing practices that protect natural resources, ensure freshness and quality, and support the health of their workers and members.

CSAs

Farmers

Preserve quality by storing produce in cool area until member pick-up

Utilize organic or sustainable practices to build and maintain healthy soils

 

Manage pests, weeds, disease and soil fertility without the use of synthetic insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers, and other synthetic toxic materials

 

Source organic seeds whenever possible, substituting with conventional only when organic is not available. Strictly avoid the use of GMO seeds

 

Use careful post-harvest handling practices, harvest at peak, and quickly move produce to a cool area for storage

 

Maintain high food safety standards by using potable water to wash vegetables and keeping washing/packing/storage area clean

 

If sourcing from another farm, advise CSA members on that farm’s growing practices

 

 

Advance food justice

Just Food CSAs strive to make fresh, healthy, locally grown food available to everyone. To this end, Just Food CSAs adopt practices that give all New Yorkers, regardless of their income, the opportunity to partake in the CSA bounty. Farmers and farmworkers should receive fair treatment and compensation for their labor.

CSAs

Farmers

Offer flexible payment options (e.g., sliding scale charges, payment plans, ability to apply SNAP benefits, discounted share prices, revolving loan funds)

Offer support for flexible payment options offered by their groups (e.g., free shares, delayed payment plans)

Create a relationship with a food pantry, soup kitchen or other emergency food provider to donate surplus food to at the end of distribution

Pay reasonable wages to allow workers to meet their needs

Translate CSA materials into relevant language for the local community to encourage participation

Provide workers’ compensation to employees

Attend CSA for Everyone workshops (core group representative)

Treat everyone who works on the farm with respect

Establish a role on the core group which is focused on educating members on advocacy and policy issues

 

Host events that encourage members to think about food justice (e.g., movie, guest speaker)

 

 

 

Facilitate farm/city partnerships

Just Food CSAs rely on a partnership between farmers and members. The basis of the CSA model assumes that the members will share in the risk and reward of the harvest season with the farmer and will sustain this commitment to sharing risk and reward over the long-term. The Core Group members are the farm’s most important “supporters,” sharing in decision-making and management while representing the farm in NYC. This partnership enhances members’ connection to their farm and provides farmers with a connection to their members.

CSAs

Farmers

Core group organizers relay information from the farm to the wider membership (newsletter, e-mail, website)

Communicate regularly with core group organizers

Commit to supporting the farm throughout an entire season

Offer to meet with members during the off-season

Allow the farmer to determine the share content each week. A wide diversity of crops will minimize the risk of crop loss and keep the farm healthy

Maintain transparency regarding growing and labor practices

If problems arise, communicate with your farmers and with Just Food as early as possible and as frequently as necessary

If problems arise, communicate with your members and with Just Food as early as possible and as frequently as necessary

Conduct an annual survey regarding member satisfaction and respond to feedback

Respond to survey feedback

Pay as much of the share price as possible, as early as possible

 

 

 

Foster community

Just Food CSAs offer members and farmers the opportunity to build relationships with each other and to be a part of a community.

CSAs

Farmers

All CSA members contribute some work time to help the CSA run smoothly

Offer at least one farm trip per season

Host events to promote member interactions (e.g., potlucks, movie nights, field trips)

Participate in CSA events when possible

Create opportunities for members and farmers to interact with each other

 

CSA membership must be open and accessible to anyone in the community who wants to join

 

 

 

Support the CSA Network

Just Food CSAs are a part of a greater community of people and farmers dedicated to the success of the CSA movement. In order for all of the CSAs in NYC to thrive, each CSA needs to participate in and take into consideration the broader CSA community.

CSAs

Farmers

When expanding an existing or starting a new CSA site, discuss with Just Food the impact on the overall CSA network

When expanding an existing or starting a new CSA site, discuss with Just Food the impact on the overall CSA network

If CSA membership is full, refer interested potential members to other CSAs in the area

Share knowledge and experience with other farmers; participate in the CSA conference, attend the biennial Farmer Summit

Share knowledge and experience with other CSAs by participating in the online Meet-Up group; attending JF workshops, participating in the CSA mentoring program

 

Attend the annual JF CSA conference