• 𝙇𝙤𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙁𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙂𝙪𝙞𝙙𝙚 2024/25 𝘼𝙥𝙥𝙡𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙊𝙥𝙚𝙣!
It’s time to get in the guide! GardenShare’s 2024/25 Local Food Guide is open to all farmers, restaurants, and retail locations that showcase locally produced food in St. Lawrence County.
This year we will be printing 22,000 copies through North Country This Week. 6,500+ of which will be mailed directly to food lovers throughout the county. Copies will also be distributed at local hospitals, restaurants, schools, human services agencies, local businesses, and more!
Physical forms are being mailed out in a few days, but if you don’t receive one (or just can’t wait!) you can find fillable PDF forms here.
Interested in listing or putting an ad in the guide? Email us at email@example.com or call (315) 261-8054.
• 𝘾𝙎𝘼 𝙒𝙚𝙚𝙠
Did you know the last week of February is the week when most of the nation’s CSA members sign up for their farm shares? It’s true! And because of this unusual fact, February 19th to 25th is this year’s CSA Week!
A CSA (community supported agriculture) is a farm membership system where consumers purchase a share of a farm’s products including veggies, eggs, meat, fruit etc. and receive it over the course of the growing season. Not only is this a great way to enjoy fresh and delicious local food, but being a CSA member is a fantastic way to support your local farms.
During CSA week, farmers and farmer support organizations raise awareness for CSAs and promote interested customers to sign up!
Interested in signing up for a CSA? Check out our Online Local Food Guide for farms offering CSAs near you!
To learn more about CSAs, check out this video created by Cornell Cooperative Extension in 2021. Some of the specific information is now out of date, but it’s a fantastic overview of the benefits and practicalities of the CSA model.
• 𝙂𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙎𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙒𝙚𝙡𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙨 𝙏𝙬𝙤 𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝘽𝙤𝙖𝙧𝙙 𝙈𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧𝙨
𝗖𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗮 (𝗖𝗮𝘀𝗲𝘆) 𝗖𝗮𝘀𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹 – “I started to actively be involved with GardenShare through my role as Program Manager for the North Country SNAP-Ed program and being responsible for managing and implementations various nutrition activities serving the low-income and vulnerable populations through direct education, and community initiatives such as the North Country Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program and Farm to Community Food Distribution programs. ”
𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮 (𝗣𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗶) 𝗛𝗼𝗴𝗹𝗲 – “Food insecurity is a critical issue that affects many St. Lawrence County residents and imposes a significant burden on our communities. I believe that GardenShare’s work is an invaluable service in addressing the food needs of St. Lawrence County. It is a fundamental human right to have access to healthy and affordable food.”
• 𝙏𝙝𝙚 2024 𝙁𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙅𝙪𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙎𝙪𝙢𝙢𝙞𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙤𝙣 𝙁𝙚𝙗𝙧𝙪𝙖𝙧𝙮 29𝙩𝙝 𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙒𝙞𝙡𝙙 𝘾𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙣 𝙏𝙪𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙧 𝙇𝙖𝙠𝙚!
To learn more about the host, The Adirondack Food System Network, or to reserve tickets, click here! Speakers this year will discuss vital topics regarding creating more equitable food systems.
• 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙡𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙨𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙖𝙩 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙒𝙞𝙡𝙙 𝘾𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧 – 𝙎𝙚𝙚𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙎𝙪𝙗𝙢𝙞𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨
The Wild Center is seeking submissions for an upcoming art exhibit by artist Brenda Baker. The exhibit, The Clothesline: Food, Fiber, Air, and Soil, will be an installation featuring hundreds of pieces of used work attire demonstrating the hard work done by agricultural workers in our community. These clothes remind us of the unseen work done by those that produce the food we eat.
Donations of clothes belonging to farmers, beekeepers, maple tappers, or any other agriculture profession can be dropped off at any of the four locations listed on The Wild Center’s Website, or at the GardenShare office before The Food Justice Summit on February 29th. Contact Annabelle (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information!
• 𝙁𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝘽𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝘾𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙨 𝙍𝙚𝙜𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙊𝙥𝙚𝙣
Plan or Improve Your Food Business Series
Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Each of the 4 webinars will focus on a particular facet of managing a food business. Every session will include a presentation, activity for the group, plus resources to learn more after each session, including recorded conversations with other small NYS food entrepreneurs. Sessions 1-4 are webinars held on Zoom 6:00-7:30pm on a weekday.