January 23, 2011

Just Food's CSA in NYC Conference — March 5

Just Food is the great non-profit that helps hook up neighborhoods in New York with local organic farmers to create CSAs. They got us started back in 2008 and still provide us with assistance. They also host a dynamite conference each year for farmers and CSA members to meet and discuss issues of mutual interest.

Last year, a few members of the Grand Street CSA core group went to the conference and learned a great deal about the importance of CSAs to the survival of small, organic farms in the region. We also were able to have an eye-opening discussion with Elizabeth Ryan of Breezy Hill Orchard (our fruit supplier) about the near-impossibility of growing organic fruit in the northeast. Altogether, we gained a deeper understanding of the larger community our CSA is a part of.

All of which is just introduction to an invitation to join us for this year's conference, on Saturday, March 5. They always sell out: click here to register. And here's the official announcement:

Join Us for Just Food's
11th Annual CSA in NYC Conference

Saturday, March 5, 2011
8:30AM to 6:00PM

Food & Finance High School
525 West 50th Street, NY, NY 10019

The Just Food CSA in NYC Conference is an opportunity for CSA members and farmers from around the city to come together for a day of workshops, discussion, and good food.

For updates on presenters, workshops and expo participants, please check our website periodically.

Keynote Speakers: John-Paul Courtens and Jody Bolluyt of Roxbury Farm
Jean-Paul Courtens and Jody Bolluyt of Roxbury Farm will join us as this year's keynote speakers. Jean-Paul partnered with New York City residents in 1991 to start New York City's first Community Supported Agriculture group. 2011 will mark Roxbury Farm's 20th season of providing CSA shares to New York City communities.

Conference Schedule
Registration & Breakfast (provided): 8:30-9:30am
Welcome & Keynote Address: 9:30-10:30am
Workshop Session 1: 10:45-12:00pm
Lunch (provided): 12:00-1:30pm
Workshop Session 2: 1:45-3:00pm
Farmer Panel: 3:15-4:30pm
*Q & A with local farmers
CSA Expo & Reception: 4:30-6:00pm
*Wine and Cheese, informational tables.

Ticket Information
Student/Fixed Income/Just Food Member $15
Non-Member Rate $25
Supporter $35
Supporter Plus $50
Super Supporter $100
EXPO only $10

Help your CSA win a free canning class!
This year we are excited to offer a free canning class to the CSA with the highest percentage of members in attendance at the conference. Register today and be sure to tell us which CSA you belong to in order to secure this prize for your community!