Lehman College Partners with Corbin Hill Farm To Bring Fresh Produce to the Community

May 31, 2012 | Lehman College

BRONX, N.Y. — Lehman College invites the community to take part in a new program at the College that will bring New York State’s fresh seasonal produce to the campus for sale. The Summer Farm Share will begin at Lehman on June 12, providing fruits and vegetables at a reduced price. Farmers from Corbin Hill Farm will visit the Concert Hall Plaza, near Gate 10 on Paul Avenue, every Tuesday from 2 – 5 p.m. through mid-November to sell their most recent harvest.

Participants can register online at http://csa.farmigo.com/join/corbinhillfarm/summer2012. Registration must be completed by June 6 to pick up a share on the program’s opening day. After that, registration will be ongoing.

Each member of the program will receive a share of produce, which includes a diverse range of vegetables and at least one seasonal fruit item. Whether it’s apples, beets, onions, collard greens, cucumbers or summer squash, all the produce is sustainably grown in Schoharie County, N.Y. and other parts of the State and harvested the day prior to sale.

“We want to bring fresh produce to those who don’t have it,” says Sabrina Wilensky, general manager of Corbin Hill Farm. “We’ve wanted to work with Lehman for a while, just given its role in the community. Universities are a great place to create a food movement.” Corbin Hill Farm is also partnering with Bronx Community College and the New School, as well as other organizations in New York City.

“The location can’t be beat,” Wilensky says. “Produce is coming right to campus, and members get access to some of the best produce in New York State at a really affordable price. Many supermarkets don’t carry everything that we provide. We also hope that the farm share will increase the sense of community between farmers and city residents.”

More than 90 percent of Americans say equal access to fresh produce is very or somewhat important, according to a new poll commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. More than 80 percent of those surveyed agreed that Washington, D.C., should support local fruit and vegetable farmers, and 90 percent said they would pay more for produce if that money was spent in the community.

“We distribute the share green-market style. Customers will take their loaded items and assemble their shares,” Wilensky says. “You also receive shares only when you want them.”

Corbin Hill Road Farm is not a traditional form of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA.) The membership rules are very flexible. Members can put their membership on hold for an unlimited amount of time, provided they give a week’s notice. They can also increase or lower their share size at any time during the season.

According to Corbin Hill Farm, their produce is usually two to three times cheaper than that at a local New York City supermarket. A $15 medium share will feed one to two people and contain about seven to nine types of seasonal items per week. With a $25 share, a member receives from nine to eleven types of seasonal items, which can feed a family of four for a week.

Prices are also based on income levels. Members can apply for a reduced price share and pay in cash, checks or food stamps. Payment is due a week in advance, by noon on the Thursday before distribution.

Contact: Joseph Tirella / 718-960-5746