On Sunday, July 31st the Brooklyn Bridge CSA, in collaboration with Pursue, hosted its first volunteer day of the season! We gardened, weeded, picked tomatoes, and tried to be of service in a spirit of partnership to help the community garden in Brook Park – and the community itself – thrive.
Photographs by Nicole Dooskin.
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Join the Brooklyn Bridge CSA and Pursue on Monday, August 8th at 61 Local to talk about the local food movement, why it’s important, and how to support it. We will be hearing from leaders in the community about their answers to the question, “Why local?” and what it means particularly for our food system. Come for the conversation, stay for the brews and snacks!
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On Monday night, Pursuers in New York City will participate in the second installment of our Chewing on Food Justice series, Got Access?, an evening with Melissa Extein of AJWS, Mara Gittleman of Farming Concrete, and Steven Deheeger of the South Bronx CSA. As a preview, we’ve asked Steven some questions about his work and what he’s excited about for Monday night, below. To learn more about Steven or this event, click here. We hope to see you there!
How did you get involved with the South Bronx CSA?
I got involved with the South Bronx CSA (SBCSA) around a year ago when my good friend from Nepal, who I studied with at the New School, became an intern with Friends of Brook Park as site coordinator for the SBCSA. He invited me up to the South Bronx to visit one Wednesday and I helped run the stand, sat around a picnic table enjoying incredible tacos, and met fantastic people. I wasn’t an intern myself but continued returning every week, until one day I found myself at the helm of a ship full of opportunity. The rest is history.
How do you think CSAs fit into the broader food justice/food sovereignty movement?
The bottom line is that all CSAs have the potential to play a large role in food sovereignty and food justice movements, addressing more immediate as well as overarching challenges. Though community supported agriculture is inherently about food sovereignty since we’re dealing with local food systems as alternatives to agribusiness, I think many CSAs don’t explicitly put food justice on the table. Since the South Bronx CSA happens to be in the poorest and hungriest Congressional District in the United States, ignoring that food justice “white elephant” on the table becomes more difficult. Read more →
On Sunday, July 31st the Brooklyn Bridge CSA, in collaboration with Pursue, is hosting its first volunteer day of the season – and all are welcome!
Join members of the Brooklyn Bridge CSA, the South Bronx CSA, and the Friends of Brook Park for a day of rolling up our sleeves in the heart of the South Bronx.
We’ll be gardening, weeding, painting, and possibly helping to construct some chicken coops – basically, being of service in a spirit of partnership and doing whatever needs doing to help the community garden in Brook Park – and the community itself – thrive.
Date: Sunday, July 31st
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Place: Brook Park Community Garden
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This spring, a local Brooklyn blog featured an interview with Joelle Berman from Pursue’s Brooklyn Bridge CSA. The post introduced the Brooklyn Bridge CSA as a food justice CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). We, the members of the Brooklyn Bridge CSA core group, wanted to take a moment to share what it means for us to be an urban community that supports food justice and works to support farmers while increasing access to local, organic food. Below are some of our ideas and successes:
Make the CSA Accessible: Get the word out to diverse groups!
Our main focus during this recruiting season was on targeting our outreach and making the CSA more accessible to people with fewer means. We’ve been connecting with our local YMCA, churches, schools, and even just walking around and talking to people. In short, it’s been a great success! We’ve managed to sell 12 reduced-price shares, subsidized by the generosity of our members who are able to contribute more.
We are having conversations with the South Bronx CSA to explore the possibility of establishing an official partnership with them – they are an amazing grassroots initiative that is using the CSA model to fight hunger and to specifically address the problem of food deserts in their community. We already have a volunteer day scheduled with them in July where we will work alongside the local youth on their community gardening projects – and will invite Pursuers to join the fun! Read more →