If you are in the heart of the big apple, your desire can be accomplished easily… But not very far from there, in the South Bronx, if your wish is to eat fresh food, you may struggle to find it.
Let’s hear what the community has to say about it and what they are doing to change this situation.
To get involved…
Just Food http://www.justfood.org/
New York City Community Garden Coalition http://www.nyccgc.org/
La Familia Verde http://www.lafamiliaverde.org/
Garden La Finca del Sur http://www.bronxfarmers.blogspot.com/
Adopt a farm box http://www.farmboxes.org/
List of farmers Markets in The Bronx
Just Food http://www.justfood.org/city-farms/city-farms-markets/market-schedules
Greenmarket Farmers Markets http://www.cenyc.org/ourmarkets
Harvest Home http://www.harvesthomefm.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=104&Itemid=180
If you want to know more…
The New York Times – Getting Fresh in the South Bronx
Video / Article “For a Healthier Bronx, a Farm of Their Own”
FoodNYC : A blueprint for sustainable food system http://www.mbpo.org/uploads/foodnyc.pdf
Hunts Point – The Worlds Largest Online Food Distribution Center http://www.huntspoint.com/
Food Justice is communities exercising their right to grow, sell and eat healthy food. Healthy food is fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally-appropriate and grown locally with care for the well-being of the land, workers and animals. People practicing food justice leads to a strong local food system, self-reliant communities and a healthy environment.
Food security refers to the availability of food and one’s access to it. A household is considered food secure when its occupants do not live in hunger or fear of starvation.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA allows city residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers.
When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a regional farmer. Weekly or bi-weekly, from June until October or November, your farmer will deliver that share of produce to a convenient drop-off location in your neighborhood.
CSA members pay for an entire season of produce upfront (typically $400-$600). This early bulk payment enables your farmer to plan for the season, purchase new seed, make equipment repairs, and more.
Food Stamps is a public help to low income families
WIC is a special supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants & Children