Goodness Grows is a sustainable agriculture nonprofit south of Youngstown at Common Ground Church. We grow organic vegetables on a 31 acre former garden center facility.
Now in our fourth year, Goodness Grows is providing education, garden supplies and local food access in two Youngstown neighborhoods. As a part of outreach to the urban neighborhoods and support for local farmers, we are beginning "Mahoning Valley City Fresh," a community supported agriculture program.
Mahoning Valley City Fresh is a multi-farm CSA with pick-ups in the Youngstown area. In 2011 we are offering 60 shares and an additional 20 shares to low-income residents on Youngstown's east side. These residents will be able to use their Ohio Direction Card and order on a week-by week basis. The 15 week season will run the third week of June through Sept.
Mahoning Valley City Fresh Local farmers sow the seeds and work hard to deliver the best vegetables and seasonal herbs, fruit and flowers each week, June 20- September 30. These products will be picked in their prime and delivered to neighborhood Fresh Stops. Share members pick up between 5 and 10 seasonal crops each week, or bi-weekly.
Your membership will support delivery of fresh food to two Youngstown neighborhoods considered food deserts, but soon to have produce and gardens!
Season: June through September
Type: 3rd party CSA service
# of Shares: 60
Full Share: Weekly Standard Share = a harvest share and newsletters each week June 20-Sept 30. Weekly share members work three shifts during the season at Goodness Grows or a Fresh Stop pick-up point. The flat rate of $550 can be paid in one, two or three
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These local products are fresher, have fewer pesticide residues, are of higher quality, and are more authentic. Buying local food is a way to support businesses that reflect the values of their community, as "an antidote to commoditization and industrialization" and a way to "protect the local economy and environment.... [more]