Creating a partnership between local farms and farmers and our local businesses and employees

Farm Fresh Foods = Healthy Employees Promoting Workplace CSAs in the Southern Adirondacks

Cornell Cooperative Extension Capital District Vegetable and Small Fruit Program in collaboration with Adirondack Harvest (an affiliate of CCE) has received a grant through the Cornell Small Farms Program to fund the Workplace CSA Promotion Project – a promotional program for worksite sponsored CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture).  The geographic scope of the project includes worksites located in the counties of Warren, Washington and Saratoga.

The southern Adirondack region has a strong agricultural presence.  Farmers’ markets are now found in many communities.  Easy access from the Adirondack Northway and ongoing local food and health promotion efforts set the stage for increasing the consumption of locally grown produce and assisting local growers develop non-traditional markets in the form of CSAs.

A CSA involves consumers and farms.  A group of individuals buy shares into a local farm’s (farms’) production on a weekly basis.  As an employer you would be creating an opportunity for your employees to improve their health by accessing fresh, locally grown foods delivered to your worksite.  As a farmer, you would distribute the shares to the worksite, and tailor the method of distribution within to the particular business. A presentation will be given on Wednesday, March 21 at 9 a.m. at the Family YMCA of Greater Glens Falls, 600 Glen Street, to introduce the concept of a CSA, how it works, the many variations, the benefits to both the farmer and consumer, the shared risks, and the history of success over several decades.  Educational materials will be provided, ideas exchanged, concerns voiced and connections made.  Farmers, worksite representatives and interested individuals are welcome to attend. For further information and to register please contact either Laura McDermott, CCE CDVSFP Regional Agriculture Educator at 746-2562 or lgm4@cornell.edu or Teresa Whalen, Adirondack Harvest Southern Chapter Coordinator, at 466-5497 or taawhalen@yahoo.com

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