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SCALE Helps Corbin Hill Food Project Team Strengthen Food Desert Work in Harlem

Corbin Hill Food Project
The Corbin Hill Food Project manages a large CSA and sells wholesale to community-based organizations, providing local food to underserved folks in Harlem and the South Bronx.

In the fall of 2013, SCALE worked intensively with senior staff of the Corbin Hill Food Project to help work through a range of challenges facing their 800 member CSA in Harlem and the South Bronx. Launched in 2010 to address food access and health issues in some of New York City's poorest communities, Corbin Hill has built a CSA in partnership with more than two dozen community organizations, and more recently began selling wholesale to hospitals, schools, Head Start, drug rehabilitation and other organizations serving people in need. SCALE provided both on-site technical assistance, trouble shooting and assistance in developing a long term strategy and business plan. According to founder and Executive Director, Dennis Derryck, "Anthony was incredible in helping us sort through the facts, stay motivated in the midst of all the pressures and find the truth about our strengths and weaknesses. He pushed us to be honest with ourselves and find the best way forward."

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Anthony Flaccavento

Anthony Flaccavento has 25 years of hands-on experience in sustainable community development, along with a BS degree in Agriculture and Environmental Science and a Masters degree in Economic and Social Development.

Anthony has been a certified organic produce farmer for the past 15 years during which time he also founded and directed Appalachian Sustainable Development. He is the author of “Healthy Food Systems: A Tool Kit for building Value Chains” and over 100 published articles.

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