RiseBoro, together with Brooklyn Packers, a worker-owned food distribution cooperative that sources, portions, and packages fresh produce; and Pavia Family farm, a 15-acre local family-run farm located in Northern New Jersey, launched a 12-week staff-only pilot of Cosecha, a weekly farm share distribution program in Bushwick in the fall of 2019.
Given the overwhelming popularity of the pilot, we are now launching Cosecha this Summer 2020 to all Bushwick residents. For just $23 a week, you can get a bag full of fresh, local food, grown by nearby Latinx farmers. We also accept Cash, Credit/Debit, Health Bucks, WIC Farmers Market Checks, and EBT/SNAP.
As a Northeast Brooklyn neighborhood that suffered from long-term divestment and neglect, Bushwick is a community that exhibits the food-related health and economic ills that accompany lack of access to the abundance of fresh farm products that the local region has to offer.
With 37% of Bushwick residents relying on SNAP benefits for food security, weekly farm share programs offer greater food access as well as the added benefit of supporting Black and Latine small businesses.
In order to determine community interest, RiseBoro, launched a Comprehensive Community Food and Health Survey in 2018 to uncover residents' food priorities. We collected over 1,100 responses, with 54% of respondents indicating they would be interested in a "Weekly fresh fruit/veggie box from a local farm." You asked for it, we are delivering.
Our farmers grow a wide margin of vegetables, herbs, and fruits. Each week our members receive a Cosecha bag filled with a variety of locally grown produce. The variety of veggies in your bag will vary from week to week, bags are approximately 10-15 pounds and contain 9-12 items (individual items, bunches, or weighted foods).
From August 21st to November 20th, 2020
Fridays, Bushwick Grows Farm, 1474 Gates Avenue
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
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