April made this tree in a mere three days!
And Day 3:
Have you joined your CSA yet?
1. Support local farms. Family farms are on the fritz. Over the past century the number of farms has vastly reduced and our produce is coming from farms that are bigger and further away. The more support we give local farms, the greater knowledge of where our food comes from we have and the more secure we can feel in our buying choices. These farms are less often involved in government subsidy programs thus receiving less government money, which means that they need more help from individuals, like us!
2. Reduce your footprint. Not only is your food traveling less distance, but because the farms are smaller it takes less heavy machinery to plant and harvest. The typical CSA uses almost no packaging besides a box for delivery and the occasional returnable bag, whereas supermarkets largely use styrofoam and plastic based packaging.
3. Be season conscious. It’s really difficult…
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Some of you lovelies may recall my mentioning Just Food in blogs gone-by. I have had the incredible fortune of interning with Just Food’s Farm School NYC for the past few months. It has been a great pleasure seeing the foodie retrolution through their eyes and engaging with urban farmers on an intimate level. The Just Food Conference has just passed us by, and as always, was a huge hit. Kudos to the team.
The magnificent view in the photo below was taken at a networking event thrown in the Bank of America Building by Just Food.
It’s been a long, cold winter, completely void of writing as our CSA has been inexistent. But after a treacherous and interminable winter, SPRING appears to have arrived. The city is lighting up – both literally and figuratively – New York’s farmin’ cityfolk are back, and ahh, the season has sprung…
In memorandum of the painful winter we’ve endured, I’ve put together a small list of things that will no doubt go remembered (or more likely forgotten) from Winter 2014:
No doubt spring will bring its own series of less than notable events. But that is all for now.