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Corbin Hill Road Farm Share: A Hybrid Food Value Chain in Practice

by Nevin Cohen1 and Dennis Derryck2

http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2011.014.011, pp. 85-100



Food value chains consist of food producers, processors, third-party certifiers, distributors, and retailers working together to maximize the social and financial return on investment for all participants in the supply chain, including consumers. This paper presents a case study of Corbin Hill Road Farm Share, a newly created hybrid food value chain that engages nonprofit strategic partners to provide locally grown and affordable produce to low-income residents of New York City's South Bronx while also enabling Farm Share members to become equity owners of the farm over time. The case study shows that the involvement of community-based nonprofits is key to creating a food production and distribution system that engages a wide range of stakeholders, fosters shared governance and transparency, empowers consumers, and benefits regional farmers.


Keywordscivic agriculture, community supported agriculture, Farm Share, food sovereignty, governance, value chain


1 Corresponding author: Nevin Cohen, Assistant Professor, The New School, 72 Fifth Avenue, Room 518, New York, NY 10011 USA; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2 Dennis Derryck, Professor of Professional Practice, The New School, 72 Fifth Avenue, Room 607, New York, NY 10011 USA; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Banner photos include a Cape Cod cranberry bog; a cranberry “screen house” used to grade fresh cranberries; farmland near Lake Placid, NY, in the Adirondack Mountains; Montmorency cherry trees on the Mission Peninsula of northern Michigan; the historic Round Barn in the South Mountain Apple Belt of Adams County, Pennsylvania; the “Sea of Grapes” district of the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt, near Erie, Penn; a field of cabbages near Shortsville, NY, home to one of the world’s largest sauerkraut factories. All photos copyright by Duncan Hilchey.


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