𝙂𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙣𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙚𝙩 𝙁𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝘽𝙤𝙭 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙢 𝙗𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙛𝙞𝙩𝙨 𝙗𝙤𝙩𝙝 𝙛𝙖𝙧𝙢𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙎𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙖𝙙𝙮 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨
To get fresh, local food into the hands of more people, the Schenectady Greenmarket sought the support of a $20,000 Healthy Food Access for All grant. Farmers get a fair market price for their produce while the customer gets vegetables, leafy greens and soon fruits fresh from the farm.
This kind of program, known as Community Supported Agriculture, offers financial security for farmers, safe, often chemical-free food for community members and results in healthier soils. Ensuring those items increases the price, which often means CSA programs largely serve those who can afford to pay.
Because of the Foundation’s support, this Food Box Program is for low-income residents and those with greatest need.
“This program shows us how to make equitable access to healthy food sustainable for both farmers and consumers,” said Kristi Milligan, director of grants and community programs for The Schenectady Foundation: https://www.schenectadyfoundation.org. “When we involve all sectors of the food system, everyone wins.”
For a low, below-market price, those enrolled in the Greenmarket’s Food Box Program receive a delicious assortment of fresh, high-quality produce. Already in May offerings include spinach, lettuce, apples, potatoes, spring onions and more. For more about the program go to our blog: https://www.schenectadyfoundation.org/page/news-4/news/from-farm-to-market-to-home-132.html