While the growth of farmers markets and CSAs have helped small farms sell their food locally over the past few decades, both models come with challenges that have become increasingly apparent. Hudson Valley Harvest and Local Roots NYC are two businesses that have introduced new channels for farms to sell their food to local eaters and rebuild regional food systems in the process.
In the Farm Report, host Lisa Held talks to farmer Paul Alward about how his experiences in the field informed the model for Hudson Valley Harvest and to Wen-Jay Ying about how she created a new kind of CSA after witnessing common barriers to consumer buy-in. They discuss their experiences figuring out what works and doesn’t work in terms of getting more local food to local eaters in order to support farmers as efficiently as possible.
"As individuals and organizations, we need a new vision of the future - a vision driven by what we want rather than what we want to avoid. What we aspire to rather than what we seek to prevent. What is good for "we" rather than "me"" Jeffrey Hollender
"If we keep faithful to our land and our people, both together, never apart, then we will always find the right work to do." Wendell Berry