Just Food is a non-profit organization that works to develop a just and sustainable food system in the New York City region. We do this by fostering new marketing and food-growing opportunities that address the needs of regional, rural family farms, NYC community gardeners, and NYC communities.
You may already be familiar with CSA or have one on your farm, but CSA in New York City is a bit different from on-farm or suburban CSAs. All of the differences listed below will be discussed in depth in this Toolkit. Keep in mind that these are ways that CSA in NYC typically operates, but there are a lot of negotiations between farmers and city groups so each CSA works a bit differently than the next. With that said, here are a few aspects to CSA in NYC to keep in mind.
CSA is a relatively new direct marketing relationship between a farmer and local consumers. The CSA idea was first developed in Japan in 1965 by a group of women concerned with the use of pesticides, the increase in processed and imported foods, and the corresponding decrease in the farm population. The CSA model was called teikei, which literally translates to “partnership” or “cooperation”, or philosophically translated to “food with the farmer’s face” (Van En 1992). 1
In establishing the Community Supported Agriculture in New York City program (CSA in NYC), Just Food wanted to create a purchasing model that benefits both the farmer and the CSA members. While the benefits of CSA are varied and personal, the following are some common benefits of participating in community supported agriculture. Many of these benefits are not just for New York City CSA members and farmers, but extend to CSA participants across the country.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a direct market relationship, meaning that local farmers sell their produce directly to consumers. CSA is a unique system where members buy a share of the season’s produce from a farmer before the season begins. By purchasing a share of the harvest, members receive a regular share of produce from their farmer for the whole season. Members develop closer relationships with the farmers who grow their food, and with the land on which it is grown.
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