Some of you may have heard us complaining about the fake CSAs popping up around the city, especially after I received an advertisement for one right here in Bushwick! This is a great article in Edible Queens from the executive director of Just Food on the topic that can give you some talking points if any of your friends start bragging that they don’t have to volunteer or pick up their CSA share.
Also, speaking of Just Food, a few members of their staff are going to be tabling at our distribution on August 10th!
If you’re unfamiliar, Just Food is a non-profit that works with communities to make fresh, locally grown food accessible throughout NYC. One way they do that is by helping start and support CSA sites like ours. Over the years, Just Food has helped over 100 NYC neighborhoods connect with 29 vegetable growers to create an extensive network of CSA throughout the city. They work to support city groups in starting and maintaining CSA sites as well as with farmers who want to grow for CSA.
This year, Just Food is formalizing their relationship with all the people who have benefited from CSA by creating a CSA Network that each site or farmer contributes to—a portion of your share price goes to Just Food to help them build new CSAs, support additional farms and existing sites, and make NYC a better place to eat and live.
Just Food staff members Carrie Blackburn and Paula Lukats will be joining us at our distribution August 10th to meet and thank members, talk more about Just Food, and answer questions about the new Just Food CSA Network. Be sure to take a minute to say hi and grab a button or bag when you pick up your share! (It’s a B week so if you’re an A you might want to stop by anyway to pick up the free schwag).
Find out more at www.justfood.org.