The Brooklyn Bridge CSA is hosting a Meet the Farmer event tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Phoenix House at 50 Jay Street in DUMBO. The BB and DUMBO organizations are partnering to bring “Farmer Fred and Karen” from Sang Lee Farms to share information about their farm and how vegetables are grown for CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture). Past, new and prospective members are welcome.
If you miss Tuesday’s event, there’s plenty more coming up. Brooklyn Bridge CSA is now registering new members. Info & online registration is here. The deadline is April 30. Information about the organization’s roots and purpose is below.
The Brooklyn Bridge CSA was established in 2010 as a project of Pursue: Action for a Just World, in collaboration with Hazon, a Jewish environmental organization. Pursue’s intention was to establish a food justice CSA, powered by volunteers committed to leveraging the power of the CSA model for advancing food justice. Pursue identified a core group of volunteer leaders and invited them to sign onto this commitment of exploring what a food justice CSA could look like.
A CSA is a community that comes together to share risks and rewards with a local farmer. The CSA community pays the farmer upfront for the season’s produce and the farmer repays this trust by delivering seasonal produce to a pickup location convenient to the CSA membership. CSA members come to the pickup location to get their share of the bounty.
CSA membership is about eating great, local, seasonal produce. Membership is also about supporting local farmers. Farming is hard, risky, and costly, especially for small farms. Many local farms would fail without the support of CSAs.