Farm to Family is an innovative subsidized CSA (community supported agriculture) program that serves low-income families in the Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston. Through this program, The Food Project and our community partners hope to increase access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food in under served households in these neighborhoods. One of the largest subsidized CSA programs in the country, it has become a leading model in the nationwide "farm to preschool" movement through the involvement of Head Start centers as program partners. The subsidized CSA model allows for streamlined access to fresh, healthy food, and collaboration with key community partners allows us to connect with people who may not otherwise be able to obtain it.
Each week from July to October, participating households receive a box share of vegetables grown at The Food Project's farm in Lincoln, Mass. Each household pays one-third of the cost of a share, and the remaining cost of the program is subsidized by grants, money raised by our community partners, and contributions from our market-rate CSA program members. In addition, participants have the option of using their EBT or SNAP benefits to pay for their weekly shares. Along with these vegetables, TFP provides extra support in the form of bilingual newsletters, recipe suggestions, food storage guidelines, and nutrition and cooking workshops.
The vegetables are delivered to families at community meeting places such as health centers, Head Start centers, and community centers. Each week, The Food Project's farmers bring box shares directly from our farm to drop-off sites in Dorchester and Roxbury, where our dedicated community partners distribute the produce to participating families.