We had an exciting start in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, learned a lot, and wanted to share our experiences with others. To read about our initial programs and the lessons we learned, please check out our case study booklet. We hope this information will be useful to other groups of growers wanting to work cooperatively, whether urban or rural.
This project supported in part by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. SARE is a program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Want to read more about the nitty gritty of cooperative farming and legal structures? Be sure to check out Cooperative Farming: Frameworks for Farming Together.
In more recent years, we have piloted and now operate as a proven model for food access, a program we call Double Dollars. This program allows farmers to sell produce to their neighbors at on-farm farm stands in neighborhoods where farmers markets do not exist and could not be supported. The Farm Alliance raises funds for incentive match support for EBT and WIC customers, so that their produce purchases can be doubled. This program is economical for farmers and consumers and bridges an important gap in food access.
With support from the Abell Foundation and the Walmart Foundation, we had our most successful Double Dollars season in 2015. We published this report to document the continued growth and success of the program. We look forward to creating strategic partnerships throughout the city to continue to expand upon this model and develop systems to create lasting change in our farm’s neighborhoods.