City Seed and BuyCTGrown.com (City Seed, administrating partner)
817 Grand Ave., No. 101, New Haven
Nicole Berube, executive director
No Farms, No Food
Green mission: To engage the community and nourish an equitable and local food system
To call Â“BuyCTGrowngeneric valium. an organic undertaking might at first seem hyperbolic. But a look at the roots of City Seed, the websiteÂ’s administrator, suggests that description is perfectly appropriate.
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All of those markets feature fruits, vegetables and other products grown right here in Connecticut. The BuyCTGrown site maintains online links to those state farms and food suppliers, as well as organizations and programs that support, utilize, advocate for and promote them.
In addition, those wishing to locate a farmers market in their area or anyplace else in the state may do so through the site. “There are incredible markets everywhere in Connecticut,” says Berube.
The site serves as a sort of digital clearinghouse for Connecticut food growers, Berube explains. Without it they probably wouldn’t have “the reach into the consumer base” that the site offers, she adds.
“This was an awesome opportunity to give them a space and to also better connect people,” says Berube. “This is a wonderful resource for people.”
BuyCTGrown is one of several statewide initiatives in which City Seed engages. While City Seed administers the site, it does so in partnership with several other organizations, including the state’s Department of Agriculture.
The agriculture department, in fact, first embarked on its Connecticut Grown Program promotional campaign as far back as 1986. Through it a number of school and community initiatives, publications and other amenities are offered to aid the state’s food growers and consumers.
As an outreach to Connecticut residents wishing to find access to fresh, locally produced foods, the site extends the mission of City Seed and its partners.
“It’s a fantastic resource that has been a platform for a collaboration among key agricultural organizations,” says Jiff Martin, associate extension educator or sustainable food systems at UConn, a BuyCTGrown partner.
“They [City Seed] are doing a real service in acting as the fosterer of the project,” Martin adds.
Martin was involved with developing the site since its inception. She and representatives from other partner entities looked at similar models in other states to help determine the shape and focus of BuyCTGrown.
“We decided to use a Web-based platform,” Martin says. “From the very beginning, we had this concept. City Seed stepped up to be the official host.”
It was a big task, she adds. “It required a lot of attention to detail. There are a lot of parts to a website. And there are users, farmers and stakeholders [to consider]. Our collaboration with key stakeholders included the Connecticut Department of Agriculture. And the work has only deepened over time.”
Martin says she’s pleased with the job City Seed did, and continues to do, in administering the site.
“It tries to help consumers find locally grown products,” she says. “It also tries to educate them about the importance and value of supporting local agriculture.”
City Seed has done an exemplary job fulfilling those missions, Martin says.
— Felicia Hunter
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