The Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming is a nonprofit organization that builds vibrant, robust food systems in New York's Hudson Valley.
Glynwood's programs follow a set of core strategies that foster environmental stewardship, economic resilience, public health, and social viability. Accordingly, their outreach programs are threefold: (1) Glynwood offers training to the next generation of farmers and food system professionals; (2) Glynwood builds producer-led coalitions to strengthen economic opportunities, and; (3) Glynwood engages stakeholders to facilitate change toward more sustainable and equitable regional food systems.
CSA is a SNAP is one of Glynwood's key initiatives to expand traditional CSAs to be more accessible for all community members. This innovative program—supported by a Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program grant—uses a revolving incentive fund to tackle the disparity between monies needed by CSA farmers and funds distributed to SNAP participants. Through this program, upward of 600 individuals in need are served throughout the season. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, during which the food access needs of so many have been heightened, this project took on outsized importance.
Another key initiative is Glynwood's Food Sovereignty Fund. Taking inspiration from coalitions that mobilized at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, this program works to partner small-scale BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and women-led farms with community food access projects. Led by an "accountability council" of food system experts and practitioners, the Food Sovereignty Fund is built on learnings from the 2020 season and is formulated to best fit the needs of the stakeholders it serves. To that end, Glynwood champions the belief that those working closest to the problem often have the best solutions.
The Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming is at the forefront of facilitating change toward more robust and equitable food systems in the Hudson Valley. Glynwood serves as a model for others interested in creating sustainable regional food systems. Their work in building stakeholder coalitions, tackling food system challenges, and responding to ongoing food access and distribution needs during the COVID-19 pandemic is truly empowering for the communities and economies that Glynwood serves. Visit Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming to learn more about upcoming programs and initiatives.
Practitioner's tools mentioned in the webinar:
- Cost-offset Continuation Planning For Farmers: A Guide for Regional Coaches
- Language Justice Continuum of CSA Programs, adapted by Soul Fire Farm
- CSA Program Action Plan by Soul Fire Farm
- How to Operate a Sliding Scale CSA by Rock Steady Farm
- Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Grant Program
- Helping Farmers with Continuation Planning for Cost-Offset Community Supported Agriculture to Low-Income Families (Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development)
- Connecting Small-Scale Producers and Consumers: Exploring the Feasibility of Online Food Hubs in Low-Income Communities (Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development)
- Adults and Children in Low-Income Households that Participate in Cost-Offset Community Supported Agriculture Have High Fruit and Vegetable Consumption (Nutrients)
- The perceived influence of cost-offset community-supported agriculture on food access among low-income families (Public Health Nutrition)
- Impacts of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Voucher Program on Food Lifestyle Behaviors: Evidence from an Employer-Sponsored Pilot Program (Sustainability)
- Operating principles for collective scholar-activism: Early insights from the Agroecology Research-Action Collective (Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development)
About the Author: Gretchen Burmeister is a student of agriculture at Cornell University.