[00:00.00]Community supported agriculture farms, or CSAs, seek people who pay in advance for fresh vegetables and fruits.
[00:11.08]One farmer has now expanded his CSA program to a law firm in New York City.
[00:20.02]The busy lawyers there are loving the service.
[00:25.21]The Glebocki family has been in the farming business since 1894. But staying in business is not easy.
[00:37.91]Farming requires a lot of money for seeds and equipment at the beginning of the growing season.
[00:46.26]And farmers do not know how much money they will get for their crops at the end of the season.
[00:54.17]They are also not sure if anyone will buy what they grow.
[01:00.37]John Glebocki, the current farm owner, has one solution to these problems: community supported agriculture.
[01:12.03]CSAs, for short, are partnerships between farmers and community members.
[01:19.48]Mr. Glebocki also offers his CSA program to businesses and delivers directly to offices.
[01:30.01]Customers pay $525 in advance for 22 weeks of fresh fruits and vegetables - all picked at their peak.
[01:42.54]"Many different types of root vegetables, different types of greens, seasonal items like the tomatoes and sweet corn.
[01:50.41]"Yellow sweet corn, sweet, don't even have to cook it."
[01:59.96]Every Thursday, John Glebocki and his workers load the truck for the 96-kilometer trip to New York City.
[02:10.50]The driver and his fresh vegetables drive through the big city streets, then stop at the Winston and Strawn law firm.
[02:20.75]Renee Zimmerman and Rachel Benjamin work at the firm.
[02:26.44]They are also loyal CSA customers.
[02:30.62]"Everyone should join. It's a great way to keep our farmers in business to insure we continue to get fresh produce."
[02:36.69]"And, it's fresh and it's a little weird that you get it at work."
[02:40.68]Victor Barnett and Mikaela Evans-Aziz also work at the law firm.
[02:48.13]They say the convenience of the CSA is important.
[02:53.48]"It's nice to get this fresh produce every Friday.
[02:57.40]I don't have to run to the grocery store, it's real[ly] convenient for me."
[02:59.86]"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."
[03:06.65]Martina Owens helped bring the CSA to the firm. One of her goals was to bring people together.
[03:17.69]She says the program has been a success. Workers gather to pick up their fruits and vegetables and share recipes.
[03:28.60]And for farmer John Glebocki, the CSA gives some protection from the economic uncertainties of agriculture.
[03:39.32]He knows what he can grow and sell, and he knows what he will get for his crops.
[03:46.49]That stability can keep a family farm in business.
[03:51.84]I'm Marsha James.