Research and Development for Existing Cooperative Preorder Distribution of Local Foods

Project Overview

FNE98-229
Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 1998: $4,970.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1998
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $5,984.00
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:
Jean-Paul Courtens
Roxbury Agriculture Institute at Philia Farm

Commodities

  • Animals: bovine

Practices

  • Education and Training: farmer to farmer, networking
  • Sustainable Communities: community development

    Proposal summary:

    To develop a strong, local food system, we need to encourage local marketing and consumption of locally grown and processed foods in our county. Towards the end, over the past 3 years we have been developing a cooperative weekly pre-order distribution system for local foods within our CSA membership. To date we have distributed our products and the products of twenty other local growers and processors to our members. Participation in the project has been growing, but before the model is moved beyond our farm, we feel we need to 1) develop an informational brochure with a description and pictures of each farm and processor, 2) represent as fully as possible the range of local food available in the county and 3) develop a handbook of our operations. These are the goals for the coming season.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.