This post first appeared as “12 Tribes: A New Kind of Farm to Table” on The Jew and the Carrot blog of The Forward.
Rabbi Rebecca Joseph changed one letter and started a business.
Last August, she launched the first kosher and sustainable CSD — Community Supported Dinnerculture project— a tasty riff on a CSA (community supported agriculture project). Community supported dinnerculture, like its agricultural counterpart, involves buying shares of a company and sharing in the profits. Members pay a lump sum at the beginning of a season and then pick up a freshly prepared, ethically sourced, kosher dinner for their family to enjoy at home each week.
Joseph’s CSD, called 12 Tribes Foods, runs on a seasonal cycle, with members buying shares – basically a subscription – for three months at a time. However, with its summer season beginning June 1st, 12 Tribes is experimenting with month-to-month subscriptions to accommodate people’s erratic summer schedules.
Having been a founding member of Hazon’s first CSA at Ansche Chesed in New York almost a decade ago, Joseph is well acquainted with how alternative food networks work. A year ago, she decided to apply this knowledge by giving the CSA concept a new twist and starting her own CSD.
Click here to read more, including a 12 Tribes recipe for the upcoming Shavuot holiday.
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