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April 30, 2020
Does Local Harvest have any recommendations for Local food banks participating in CSA production for this growing season (2020)?
I am a volunteer with 2 providers in Essex County (MA).
The Salvation Army in Lynn, MA (serving Lynn, Saugus and adjoining communities)
Our Neighbors' Table in Amesbury MA (serving 9 communities in NE Mass and 3 towns in Southern NH.)
The demands on food banks has been unbelievable. Cash reserves are depleting rapidly while the demand is growing incrementally, every week.. Do some community farms have the ability to increase their tillage so that more food can be produced for this coming season? Is it to late for that?
I think we can locate donors who will sponsor and purchase bulk CSA shares and then donate that produce to the regional food banks as it is ready for distribution during the growing season. . Food banks do not get the best produce from Greater Boston Food bank. WE have better success with local farms and farm stands. A great source has also been the farm system run by the Massachusetts Corrections Dept.
Do you have any guidance or recommendations?
These are challenging times for us all, and we have to be creative to meet the challenges.