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Just Food trains community members to run CSA projects in their New York City neighborhoods.

Since 1996, Just Food’s CSA in NYC Program has sought to build the CSA movement throughout New York City in order to increase communities’ access to fresh, locally grown food and to support regional farmers. While expanding the CSA movement by starting new CSAs, we also work to create a strong network and to provide ongoing support for existing CSAs in the city. The resources we offer to participating CSAs include:
►Match making and support to connect farmers with community members and organizations who are interested in starting new CSAs.
►A monthly workshop series covering topics that help existing groups sustain their CSAs and help new CSAs get up and running.
► One-on-one support to CSA groups within our network.
► Information on managing a CSA through the CSA in NYC Toolkit and our CSA Resource Center.
► Assistance to CSA groups to develop flexible payment options and outreach strategies to make CSA membership available to all community members, regardless of their income.
Training for CSA Chefs to give them the skills to conduct cooking demos at their distribution sites or at special events throughout the season.
In addition to the resources that we provide to individual CSAs, Just Food works on a broader level to support the CSA movement. Just Food staff advocate on behalf of CSAs and CSA farmers on the city, state, and national levels and we promote the CSA model through media outreach and public speaking opportunities.