Sharing Farm Shares
Making high-quality produce available to more people.
Flatbush Farm Share members get weekly deliveries from the Farm at Miller’s Crossing outside Hudson, New York, 97 miles away. Share prices are based on a sliding income scale. Some families pay a discounted share price (two nonprofits—the Hunger Action Network and the NYC Coalition Against Hunger—subsidize the remaining costs); others can use food stamps and volunteer hours distributing food shares and organizing CSA events in lieu of a full share price. In its first year, the CSA proved itself a success: of the 132 total participants, half qualified for low-income status and took advantage of the subsidy program.
The organization also provides free cooking workshops and holds potluck dinners. One member spoke of the “neighborhood envy” she used to feel about the food options (healthy restaurants, grocers) in other areas of Brooklyn. But now, she says, the CSA bolsters Flatbush to “a new level of livability,” offering healthier and affordable food.