By Brooke Saias, Food Justice Coordinator at Hazon
A lot of the work I have been doing for my AmeriCorps VISTA placement with Hazon is involvement with Hazon’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program. There are more than 40 Hazon CSA’s throughout the country, out of those, I am responsible for supporting the 8 New York CSA’s. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job has been helping to start up 3 new ones here in New York, one of which was started by my very own Mother.
From 2003 to 2010, Just Food hosted more than 50 AmeriCorps*VISTA members. These dedicated volunteers committed themselves to a year of service to fight poverty and increase food security in New York City. The first crop of VISTA members built the capacity of innovative food security projects throughout the city, from east Brooklyn to the South Bronx. They raised funds for East New York Farms!, supported the launch of the Forest Hills CSA, and started an urban farm stand in the Bronx which inspired Just Food’s City Farms Market program.
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