LOCAL FOOD News Roundup
CSA Stands Strong Post-Irene
Tropical Storm Irene has tested the will of even the sturdiest farmers. In an interview with NPR, Cheryl Rogowski, owner of W. Rogowski Farm in Orange County, N.Y., talks about the considerable storm damage to her 150-acre farm. She lost 80 to 90% of her crops with most of the farm underwater at the time of the interview.
Rogowski’s farm is one of 15 CSA farms supplying New York City that suffered severe damage, said Jacquie Berger, executive director of the advocacy nonprofit Just Food, in the interview.
Irene may have knocked out half the city’s CSA farms (31 farms run CSA programs in the city) for the season, but it did little to diminish support for the concept of CSA (community supported agriculture). The tropical storm put CSA to the ultimate test, as CSA customers — shareholders in farm harvests — bore crop losses along with their farmers.
“We’ve seen New York City communities rally around their farmers and ask what they can do to support them. It was both heart-lifting and heart-warming at the same time,” Berger said.
To listen to the interview, click here.
Halfway to a Million New NYC Trees
New York City is counting on volunteers to help it reach the halfway mark in its campaign to plant one million trees by 2017. It has scheduled four volunteer tree-planting days in parks throughout the city. Some 20,000 trees are expected to be planted during the planting drive.
The MillionTreesNYC campaign — part of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC initiative to create a greener city by 2030 — has engaged public and private partners to reach its goal. The first volunteer planting day — to be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at Co-Op City in the Bronx — is organized by American Express and the New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit gardening organization.
The volunteer planting days are listed below.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 (registration begins 9:00 a.m.)
- Bronx: The Co-op City Greenway Stage
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 (9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
- Bronx: Pelham Bay Park, Van Cortlandt Park, Shoelace Park
- Brooklyn: Marine Park
- Queens: Clearview Park
- Staten Island: Clove Lakes Park
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
- Bronx: Raoul Wallenburg Park
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 (9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
- Brooklyn: Marine Park
- Queens: Fort Totten Park
To register for a tree-planting event, please click here.
Entry filed under: Community Supported Agriculture, Farmers Market, Local Food Production, Urban Agriculture. Tags: Cheryl Rogowski, Community Supported Agriculture, CSA, Jacquie Berger, Just Food, MillionTreesNYC, PlaNYC, Rogowski Farm.