Dennis Derryck and the other good folks at Corbin Hill Farm are my new heroes this week. Their CSA is designed to be affordable in poor urban communities in Harlem and the South Bronx, and the veggies and herbs themselves reflect local demand for foods such as tomatillos and cilantro. Each box includes recipes in English and Spanish, too. With 195 shareholders the first year (20 more than its first-year goal), Corbin Hill Farm now has 750 in this, its third year.
From the Grist article (read it – it’s great!): “Eleven initial investors provided the start-up funds, and 75 percent of that money, Derryck notes proudly, came from African Americans and Latinos; 51 percent from women. ‘The investors should look like the community,’ he says.”