InterGenerate is a local non-profit founded to help bring fresh local food to more people. They have started three community gardens and an egg co-op in Northern Westchester in the past seven years.
This summer InterGenerate began a new kind of project- a partnership with Neighbors Link. Neighbors Link’s mission is to strengthen the whole community through the healthy integration of immigrants and has offered trainings on healthy eating in conjunction with the Northern Westchester Hospital. However, are many people in their community who want to buy fresh vegetables but who cannot afford farmer’s market prices. To solve this problem, InterGenerate collaborated with Neighbors Link to create a subsidized produce market for Neighbors Link participants.
InterGenerate purchased food from area farmers and combined it with donations from InterGenerate’s Giving Gardens and from Hilltop Hanover Farm in order to be able to sell the produce at below farmer’s market prices. The market was run by Neighbors Link community leaders and supported by their program staff members. It was open only to the Neighbors Link community because InterGenerate does not want to undercut any of the area farmer’s markets.
The InterGenerate mission is to make it possible for more people to get fresh local food and to support area farmers in the process. They received generous donations from Hilltop Hanover farm and were able to purchase vegetables at reasonable prices from Seedswell Farm in Mt. Kisco, Ryder Farm, and Harvest Moon in Brewster. They also received eggs from Chestnut Ridge Farm. The market operated until the beginning of October.
Over the winter InterGenerate will explore ways to make the market serve a greater number of community members and will participate in Bedford 2020’s March 2017 Food Summit’s Share It Track.