CSA Webinar: A Delectable Success
There are exciting things happening in the Jewish world around food. Reflecting a growing interest in issues such as ethical eating and sustainable agriculture, approximately 40 participants joined a webinar titled “Community-Supported Agriculture: Transforming Your Jewish Community,” hosted by the RAC and Hazon. Broadcast live on Wednesday, the webinar featured speakers who shared their tips and expertise in establishing Community-Supported Agriculture programs, or CSAs, in their own congregations and Jewish communities.
URJ Social Action Specialist Naomi Abelson and I were joined by Hazon’s Associate Director of Programs Anna Hanau, who discussed the nuts-and-bolts of setting up a CSA and the unique support provided by Hazon’s CSA Network. We also heard from Mary MacVean of Temple Isaiah of Los Angeles, CA, and Melissa Extein of the Brooklyn Bridge CSA in Brooklyn, NY, both of whom spoke about the challenges and joys associated with volunteering with their respective CSAs. To read more about Temple Isaiah’s CSA, check out Mary MacVean’s previous post on RAC Blog.
The alternative economic model presented by a CSA has become increasingly popular in towns and cities across the country. CSA members purchase “shares” of a local farm’s harvest of seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs, or meat to cook and enjoy at home each week. Across the spectrum, Jewish communities and congregations have thrived after establishing this type of innovative partnership with local farms.
Missed the webinar? Fear not! The complete recorded webinar is available in the URJ Webinar Archives.
CSAs are clearly a hot topic in the Jewish community. For more information on CSAs and other food issues, please feel free to contact me.
Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge CSA.