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Small Farm Is a Hit in the Big City

08/24/2015

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  • Community supported agriculture farms, or CSAs, seek people who pay in advance for fresh vegetables and fruits.
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  • One farmer has now expanded his CSA program to a law firm in New York City.
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  • The busy lawyers there are loving the service.
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  • The Glebocki family has been in the farming business since 1894. But staying in business is not easy.
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  • Farming requires a lot of money for seeds and equipment at the beginning of the growing season.
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  • And farmers do not know how much money they will get for their crops at the end of the season.
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  • They are also not sure if anyone will buy what they grow.
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  • John Glebocki, the current farm owner, has one solution to these problems: community supported agriculture.
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  • CSAs, for short, are partnerships between farmers and community members.
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  • Mr. Glebocki also offers his CSA program to businesses and delivers directly to offices.
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  • Customers pay $525 in advance for 22 weeks of fresh fruits and vegetables - all picked at their peak.
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  • "Many different types of root vegetables, different types of greens, seasonal items like the tomatoes and sweet corn.
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  • "Yellow sweet corn, sweet, don't even have to cook it."
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  • Every Thursday, John Glebocki and his workers load the truck for the 96-kilometer trip to New York City.
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  • The driver and his fresh vegetables drive through the big city streets, then stop at the Winston and Strawn law firm.
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  • Renee Zimmerman and Rachel Benjamin work at the firm.
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  • They are also loyal CSA customers.
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  • "Everyone should join. It's a great way to keep our farmers in business to insure we continue to get fresh produce."
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  • "And, it's fresh and it's a little weird that you get it at work."
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  • Victor Barnett and Mikaela Evans-Aziz also work at the law firm.
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  • They say the convenience of the CSA is important.
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  • "It's nice to get this fresh produce every Friday.
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  • I don't have to run to the grocery store, it's real[ly] convenient for me."
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  • "We love it. It's the only fresh food we get in our diets.We have kind of crazy hours, and we look forward to this every week."
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  • Martina Owens helped bring the CSA to the firm. One of her goals was to bring people together.
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  • She says the program has been a success. Workers gather to pick up their fruits and vegetables and share recipes.
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  • And for farmer John Glebocki, the CSA gives some protection from the economic uncertainties of agriculture.
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  • He knows what he can grow and sell, and he knows what he will get for his crops.
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  • That stability can keep a family farm in business.
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