You may already know about Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA for short: a model of seasonal food production and distribution that brings farmers and customers into a relationship. CSA members purchase a “share” of a farm’s annual harvest up front, helping the farm establish a solid financial foundation for the season.
You may even know that since 2016, Glynwood has been the home of the Hudson Valley Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Coalition. We worked with an amazingly passionate group of farmers to launch the Coalition because CSA can mean so much, to so many: It’s a relationship. It’s building a community. It’s supporting small farmers. It means healthy food. It’s richer soils and cleaner water. It’s a region with a vibrant food culture. It’s consuming something awesome.
But did you know that the Hudson Valley’s CSA farmers want to be reaching more of their neighbors than they are right now? And that as great a model as it is, it could be even better? One primary issue is that the relatively high upfront cost of CSA -- the very thing that makes it a sustainable model for small farms -- means that many people can’t afford it.
That’s why Glynwood and the CSA Coalition want to pilot “CSA For All,” a regional subsidized CSA program right here in the Hudson Valley. This would be a game-changer. At this scale, it would be first of its kind effort for the region. If we reach our goal, this pilot will make CSA affordable for 200 Hudson Valley families. That’s close to 800 people who will be able to participate in the agricultural community in a whole new way. It’s the start of a big dream, but right now we have an opportunity to make it a reality.
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