I’m sorry to be missing the upcoming Just Food CSA Conference this weekend, but a certain 5-year old’s birthday party is taking precedence. The keynote speaker is Jean-Paul Courtens of Roxbury Farm, our local CSA! Jean-Paul started Roxbury Farm in 1990 after studying bio-dynamic farming in the Netherlands and was the first community supported agriculture program to operate in New York City. He has done a great deal to promote equitable land use for farmers. Roxbury Farm, in Kinderhook, NY, is on a portion of what was originally the Martin Van Buren estate and he has worked with Equity Trust and the Open Space Institute to ensure that his farmland will remain as such, protecting it from developers.
If you are interested in finding out more about Community Supported Agriculture, Local Harvest has a map that will help you find one in your area. This is the season to enroll as the farmers are starting to plant and the produce deliveries begin in June. While I have had people tell me they are afraid to commit to an unknown abundance of produce each week (what if it’s all turnips, or rutabagas?), we have been really happy with the variety over the years. I will say that it can take some creativity to get through it all sometimes, but the overall experience has been really positive. This year, our girls are old enough to visit the farm, participate in the work and see where their food is coming from. For city kids, this is an experience of immeasurable value.
I will be taking up the CSA challenge again in June and hope to attend next year. There is still time to register, so if you go please drop me a line.