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Friday, June 12, 2009

Another Healthy Food Initiative for Old North

On Thursday we celebrated the first delivery of farm-fresh veggies from Family Harvest CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  A CSA is an arrangement in which consumers purchase subscriptions for weekly deliveries of boxes of food straight from the farm throughout the growing season.  With this week’s delivery, the Old North St. Louis deliveries will take place every Thursday afternoon through October 22, with subscribers stopping by to pick up their boxes between 4 and 7 p.m. at 2718 N. 13th Street.  If you missed the earlier announcements about the CSA and still want to get in on this deal, contact the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office at 314-241-5031 or send an email to info@onsl.org.

Farmer Rusty Lee of Family Harvest CSA unloads the first shipment of food from his farm, with a little help from his son, Will (at left) and his intern, Clint (on the right).

Farmer Rusty Lee of Family Harvest CSA unloads the first shipment of food from his farm, with a little help from his son, Will (at left) and his intern, Clint (on the right).

Susan Tschetter wins the prize for being the first Old North resident to pick up her order.

Susan Tschetter wins the prize for being the first Old North resident to pick up her order.

Zoila Rendon displays the variety of vegetables in the first week's delivery

Zoila Rendon displays the variety of vegetables in the first week

Our intern Aidan Gillespie and Wash.U. architecture student Hitomi Inoue helped set up for the first day.

Our intern Aidan Gillespie and Wash.U. architecture student Hitomi Inoue helped set up for the first day.

This great arrangement would not have happened in the first place if we hadn’t been introduced to Rusty by Kay Gasen of UMSL and Kara Lubischer of University of Missouri Extension.  Thanks Kay & Kara!  We also owe thanks to the great volunteer help of Daniel Jacobs and Hitomi Inoue, Washington University architecture students, who recruited a couple of their friends to clean up the interior of the building where the CSA deliveries and pick-ups are taking place — and took it a step further by painting the pick-up area in bright, cheery colors.  We also benefited from volunteer help from a couple days of volunteer service from students coordinated by New City Fellowship.

Chris Smith and volunteers mobilized by New City Fellowship got down on their hands and knees to scrub the floor.

Chris Smith and volunteers mobilized by New City Fellowship got down on their hands and knees to scrub the floor.

Washington University students painting the CSA pick up area.

Washington University students painting the CSA pick up area.

Some of the food from the Family Harvest CSA and Lee Farms will be available on Saturday mornings at the North City Farmers’ Market.  So, if you can’t be a part of the CSA, come on out on Saturday to pick up some of the great food.

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