Rethinking Our Food Supply
Local food systems have been decimated by the forces of industrial agribusiness, leaving us in a region of natural abundance where we buy much of our food from thousands of miles away. Did you know that the US food system consumes at least 10 Calories of fossil fuel energy for every 1 Calorie of food delivered to our plates? We can do better than this. We are exploring ways to make it easier for local farmers and producers to get their food products into the hands of local residents and closing the loop on a food system that’s healthier, less energy intensive, and which helps retain wealth in the community.
Countywide Seed Swap
Sharing the surplus
Planting the future
Enticing the next generation
A place to prepare and share local produce and knowledge
The MARK Project with assistance from the O’Connor Foundation and Transition Catskills will be developing a certified commercial kitchen space for use by local growers to better increase their sales and marketability during off peak season.
The kitchen can be scheduled for use and rented at a small cost to encourage the development of good for resale and distribution. Located on the garden level of the historic Golden Seal Building in Roxbury which is owned and operated by MARK, the kitchen is designed to bridge the gap between local providers and the retail market by providing a certified kitchen space to develop products generated from our wealth of agricultural resources. From freezing corn to commercially prepared kim chi, to pies, jams, jellies and sauces, the community kitchen will offer the region a space to generate products that will greatly contribute to the economic base of the region. The kitchen can also host a variety of cooking an preservation classes and become a place for people to meet and exchange knowledge.
The design and scope of work is currently underway and construction will commence this winter. Local growers should consider this valuable resource when developing their crop for next season. If you are a local grower and would like to receive updates on the Kitchen, please contact us.
Local Food Hub
Food produced by locals for locals
Farms in the area presently sell their goods in a number of ways:
- A number of farms market their produce in New York City.
- The Pakatakan Farmer’s market provides a weekend venue for some producers.
- There are a number of smaller farmer’s markets and farm stands across the area.
- Many farms sell food directly from their doorstep.
Despite all this it can be difficult for residents to obtain quality local farm goods at an affordable price and at convenient locations and times.
We are thinking about ways to develop infrastructure and business models to help make it easier for local farmers and producers to distribute their products locally. For example, by combining a physical shop with regular opening hours with a group collection service, we could potentially create enough scale to provide a steady income to producers, and a healthier and more resource efficient diet to consumers.
We want your ideas
Want to help us build a better local food system?