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Promoting Workplace CSA’s in the Southern Adirondacks. Laura McDermott, Capital District Vegetable and Small Fruit Program Teresa Whalen, Adirondack Harvest. What we will cover today:. Introduce project partners Introduce project What is a CSA? Why would I be interested in this project?

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Promoting Workplace CSA’s in the Southern Adirondacks

Laura McDermott, Capital District Vegetable and Small Fruit Program

Teresa Whalen, Adirondack Harvest


What we will cover today:

  • Introduce project partners

  • Introduce project

    • What is a CSA?

    • Why would I be interested in this project?

    • How will this project benefit my community?

  • How can I learn more?


Cornell University Cooperative Extensionhttp://www.cce.cornell.edu/


Cornell Small Farms Program

  • Funder

  • Create many guides for new and alternative farmers

  • Sponsor Beginning Farmer on-line courses

  • Much more!

  • http://blogs.cornell.edu/smallfarms/


Adirondack Harvest

  • http://www.adirondackharvest.com/

    - envisions a picturesque and productive working landscape connecting local farmers to their communities and regional markets.

    - goals are to increase opportunities for profitable, sustainable production and sale of high quality food and agricultural products, and to expand consumer choices for locally produced healthy food.

    - This mission ensures the future preservation and growth of our open farmland while providing a diversity of healthy food products for consumers.


Adirondack Harvest activities include:

  • Rutabaga Festival

  • Landowner/Farmer match program

  • Adirondack Harvest cookbook

  • Farm to Restaurant Distribution System

  • Farm Fresh Foods Maps

  • Farmers Market poster


  • Provide educational support for local farms

    • Educational meetings

    • Outreach through classes and written articles

    • Certification training for pesticide application and Good Agricultural Practices implementation

    • Develop production guidelines for new crops

    • Troubleshooting

    • Scout for pests

    • Field research


What is a CSA?

  • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA):

    • market avenue for local farmers

    • avoids the “middleman”

    • consumers purchase shares prior to the season

    • wide variety of distribution schemes

    • allows consumers to share in the benefits and risks of farming


Benefits to Consumers:

  • Eat food harvested within 24 hours of delivery – more flavor and vitamins not to mention it lasts longer!

  • get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking

  • consumers are encouraged to visit the farm – you get to see how and where your food is grown!

  • children favor food from "their" farm

  • develop a relationship with the farmer who is often a part of the community


Benefits to farmers:

  • Redistributes time spent on marketing to the beginning of the season

  • Pre-season payment allows more cash flow when it is needed

  • Know the people that eat your food!


Variations possible

  • "mix and match," or "market-style" CSA

    • members load their own boxes with some degree of personal choice.

    • extra produce donated to a food bank

  • CSAs aren't confined to produce.

    • Options exist for shares of eggs, homemade bread, meat, cheese, fruit, flowers or other farm products along with their veggies.

  • non-farming third parties are setting up CSA-like businesses, where they act as middle men and sell boxes of local (and sometimes non-local) food for their members


Shared Risk

  • the idea that "we're in this together" remains. – but varies from one CSA to another

  • the idea of shared risk is part of what creates a sense of community among members, and between members and the farmers

  • most CSA farmers feel a great sense of responsibility to their members – CSA members often get served first


Average market value per CSA delivery


CSA produce cost compared to other markets


Why should I host a CSA?

  • Offer your employees easy access to local healthy products

  • CSA’s can be a very convenient way to access locally grown food

  • Community minded – but your employees are the ultimate beneficiaries

  • Think of what you would be offering your employees;

    • Better access to healthy foods

    • Convenience that will save employees time and fuel money

    • Providing a very positive activity for employees to be part of outside of work


Project goals:

  • General information about CSA’s will be distributed to 60 businesses and 400 community members.

  • Guidelines for Employers considering a workplace CSA distributed to 50 businesses and farmers

  • 10 businesses will send representatives to a general informational meeting about workplace CSA’s

  • 5 businesses will request a site visit

  • 2 businesses will host a worksite CSA

  • 10 local farmers will learn how to incorporate a worksite CSA into their farm marketing plan

  • Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables by consumers enrolling in CSA will be verified


For more information:

Laura McDermott

CCE CDVSFP

415 Lower Main Street

Hudson Falls, NY 12839

518-746-2562

[email protected]

Teresa Whalen

Adirondack Harvest,

Southern Chapter Coordinator

Warrensburg, NY

518-466-5497

[email protected]


Thank you!

  • Erin Krivitski, Program Coordinator

    Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play

    Worksite Wellness at the Health Promotion Center of Glens Falls Hospital

  • SUNY Adirondack, Regional Higher Education Center

  • Kilpatrick Family Farm – for the photos!


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