For the first time, the Corbin Hill Farm Share will deliver fruit and vegetables from upstate New York farms to Mott Haven and Melrose in winter.
From December through April, those who subscribe to the farm share program will get monthly deliveries, making Corbin Hill the first year-round supplier of local produce with a specific emphasis on low-income neighborhoods in New York City.
Full price for a winter share is $240 for the five-month season. Corbin Hill also offers a special subsidized price of $150 for the Winter Farm Share to those eligible for SNAP benefits.
Each month the program will deliver 15-20 pounds of root vegetables and hearty greens that do not need to be refrigerated to local drop-off points.
The produce comes from Corbin Hill Road Farm and several others in Schoharie County, 40 miles west of Albany.
This summer more than 500 participants in the South Bronx and Harlem received weekly deliveries of fruit and vegetables.
In addition to providing fresh, wholesome food, the project is also dedicated to fostering a relationship between rural farming communities and urban neighborhoods. In August, when Hurricane Irene devastated farms and towns in upstate New York, Corbin Hill shareholders collected donations for storm victims.
In the future, Corbin Hill plans to create an upstate-downstate exchange program for young people.
Applications may be picked up and filled out at WHEDco, 50 E. 168th Street or The Point Community Development Corp., 940 Garrison Avenue or be submitted by visiting http://www.corbinhillfarm.com/join.html.