Sharing In The Bounty

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 at work at the 12 Tribes Foods kitchen

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.

© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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One Response to “Sharing In The Bounty”

  1. Frume Sarah Says:

    Wow — what an amazing way to keep kosher AND support a sustainable food chain.

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