CSA Partnership with Community Food Security Project

Project Overview

FNE01-380
Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2001: $3,982.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $1,224.00
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:

Commodities

  • Agronomic: potatoes, rye, sunflower
  • Fruits: apples, cherries, grapes, pears, melons
  • Vegetables: sweet potatoes, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucurbits, eggplant, garlic, greens (leafy), onions, peas (culinary), peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips
  • Additional Plants: herbs, ornamentals
  • Animals: poultry

Practices

  • Crop Production: cover crops, double cropping, intercropping, nutrient cycling
  • Education and Training: demonstration
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns, cooperatives, community-supported agriculture, marketing management, value added, whole farm planning
  • Pest Management: biological control, compost extracts, cultural control, physical control, prevention, row covers (for pests), weather monitoring, weed ecology
  • Soil Management: earthworms, green manures, organic matter, soil analysis, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: urban/rural integration, social capital, social networks, community development

    Proposal summary:

    A three-acre urban market garden will team up with an existing network of farms outside the city. By coordinating planting schedules, the farmers will work to increase the amount of organic produce available on a share basis to a low-income neighborhood, while at the same time ensuring neighborhood access to a wide range of products. Secondary benefits will be increased market visibility and improved cooperation among producers.

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