Local food culture rooted in community, accessibility and innovation
Local Roots NYC creates a local food culture rooted in community, accessibility and creative innovation. Eating and cooking local food is easy (and fun!) through our 12-week CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
We are New York City residents who have been on both ends of CSA – both as members looking for local food in the city, and as the growers and coordinators at the farm. Through these experiences, we have created an alternative CSA model that we hope better connects New Yorkers to local food, and better serves our farmers – eliminating a lot of the logistical work of a CSA. We’re flattered and motivated that some have said we are the next generation of CSA.
If we had to state our mission statement in one sentence, it would be that exploring, cooking, and eating local food has made our lives happier and better and we hope to share this joy with others.
Wen-Jay became involved in food justice after reading an article about the decline of supermarkets in New York City and increased dependency on purchasing food at bodegas. She participated in Americorp VISTA as a CSA Resource Associate at Just Food, a food justice non-profit. Post VISTA, she joined Red Jacket Orchards where she started the first fruit only CSA in NYC and facilitated a partnership with Six Point Craft Ales to create a plum-infused beer. Wen-Jay is usually with her side kick dog Wuji and has played the violin and bass in numerous bands. She also manages the social media and web content for Juan Wauters of The Beets, an artist and friend she loves dearly regardless of the root vegetable nomenclature.
Aly Miller joined Local Roots NYC as the CSA in the Classroom educator in 2013. Prior to joining Local Roots NYC, she was an AmeriCorps Farm to School member in Madison, WI, which sparked her interests in teaching youth about our food system and sustainable cooking. A Milwaukee native, she has lived in Brooklyn since 2012, fascinated with its abundance of music and art, neighborhoods, and historic architecture. In her spare time, she is a contributing editor at Food Politic, and writes a recipe and photo-driven kitchen blog, The Co-op Kitchen. Aly is thrilled to bring her interests in food media, compost, and education to Local Roots NYC.
Kris De La Torre
CSA in the Classroom Educator and Events Coordinator
Kris believes in the ability of sustainable food and farming to rebuild communities, cultural traditions and healthy eating habits. She’s often pedaling from urban farm to the weekly CSA pickup. After managing a nightclub in Dubai, making cheese in Laos, working as a monger at Murray’s Cheese, pouring a pint at 61 Local and apprenticing at Blue Hill at Stone Barns it feels great to use her past experiences to contribute to the CSA. She currently hosts monthly wine tastings by the grape varietal, a monthly one-pot community dinner and acts as a rep for Palmer Vineyards in the North Fork. If she isn’t on the farm or at the dinner table, look for her at LaGuardia on her way to somewhere she can speak Spanish, sipping a delicious glass of Mosel Valley Riesling or a funky, sour beer.
M. 101 Warren St, #A3e, Brooklyn, NY, 11201