March 22, 2006

Community Supported Agriculture: Organic Fruits & Vegetables Direct from the Farm

Posted in cu groups and events at 4:24 pm by cuenv-main

Visnja Vujica sends this information by way of the Columbia Student Solidarity Network:

If you like to cook and love fruits and vegetables but lament that fact that Morton Williams has expensive produce or that Fairway is just too far sometimes, check out Columbia’s own Community Supported Agriculture (CSA!) CSA’s help support small to medium scale local farmers by providing capital and interest through a member based system that brings local and organic produce straight to your table and the benefits straight to the farmer. The Columbia CSA works with JustFood in NYC and Roxbury Farm in upstate NY to delivers produce weekly to the Broadway Presbyterian Church on 114th and Broadway. Members pay a lump sum in order to receive 8-10 pounds of a wide variety of farm fresh veggies and local fruit each Thursday. This system cuts out the middle man for farmers, helps curb the consumption of fuel to ship produce from across the country and provides financial security for the farmers. A lot of CSA’s also work in conjunction with local soup kitchens, the leftover produce from the weekly pick-up is donated to the soup kitchen right at the Broadway Presbyterian.

According to the Roxbury Farm site (frames), a share provides 10-17 lbs of freshly harvested produce each week, which feeds 2-4 adults eating a vegetable based diet. For the 2006 season, a full season share (25 weeks) is $455; that’s $18.20 a week for an average of 13.5 lbs/week, or $1.35/lb for fresh organic vegetables (and fruit). Let’s just say I’m strongly considering doing this next year, when I haven’t already dropped all of my cash on dining dollars (grr).

Anyway, if you don’t want to navigate through Roxbury Farm’s frames-site, here‘s the Columbia share information; email Callie Rubens-Breen if you have questions.

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