Community Supported Agriculture Initiative Brings the Farm to the City
February 14, 2013
With help from the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Kennedy CHC has joined forces with Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) initiative. A CSA is when a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public, typically consisting of a box of vegetables. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or “subscription”) and in return receive a bag of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
The partnership with the CSA enhances our goal of improving health outcomes for patients through better nutrition and healthier eating strategies. Our Nutritionists and Community Health Workers work directly with patients to assist with enrollment and provide educational materials about the vegetables, nutritional value, cooking, recipes, and meal planning advice. The CSA makes fresh, organic vegetables affordable through weekly payment plans and SNAP benefits and accessible because shares will be delivered directly to the health center.
Below are photos from an event we had to inform staff of the CSA Connect Program and to have sign-ups. Below, from top to bottom; a display of the vegetables in our lobby; Julie, the farmer at Many Hands Organic Farms; and our first staff member to sign up!