The Renegade Farmer: Dean Sparks of NYFoods and Eggs-change
Ten years ago, New York farmers Dean Sparks and Dan France discovered they shared a passion for organic farming—producing local foods that are wholesome, nutritious and great tasting, as well as kind to the earth and animals. That’s why they founded Nyfoods, a farmer-owned food business that supplies outstanding organic dairy from
local farms within a short drive of New York City.
The first product, organic nymilk, is supplied by the dairy cows raised by like-minded family farmers throughout New York. Nyfoods also offers organic nyeggs, a line of Nycheese, Nybutter and Nyogurt. In addition, Brooklyn-based Blue Marble Ice Cream began sourcing organic nymilk in 2011 for its boutique ice creams.
He believes a there is still great divide between farmers and retailers still which poses challenges within the marketplace, and Nyfoods seeks to address these disparities.
A dedication to great food carries over to the vision Sparks has mapped out for Nyfoods and its local operations. With families and community leaders increasingly concerned
about the availability of fresh, healthy foods in so-called “food deserts” throughout all regions of the United States, Nyfoods in 2011 launched the Eggs-Change relief program
in its backyard with Nyeggs. Organic eggs from pastured hens are a versatile source for nutritious protein that’s hard to find in many communities.
Today Nyeggs are distributed free of charge to patrons of the Mott Haven Farmers’ Market in the South Bronx. Also, a portion of every Nymilk purchase is contributed to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY), a regional organization that creates a sustainable, ecologically sound and economically viable food system.
Join us as we talk with Dean about his groundbreaking company, his dedication to organic food and food justice, and how you, too, can contribute to a world of fair food.
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