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The ultimate goal of the CSA is to gain control over our food supply and establish an economic system that benefits and ensures the small farmer’s existence, while at the same time improving the quality of food, the land, the health of the consumer and the local economy.
— Zaid Kurdieh, farmer at Norwich Meadows

Summer 2018 CSA Information

WHO/ WHAT/ WHY:
The Cypress Hills CSA is excited to partner with Norwich Meadows Farm to provide vegetables, fruit and eggs to Cypress Hills! Norwich Meadows grows high quality NOFA certified organic produce in upstate New York. You will be directly supporting a small regional farmer and you'll know exactly where your food is coming from. Participating in Community Supported Agriculture is also a great way to meet your neighbors and strengthen community in Cypress Hills! 

WHERE:
The pick up site is in the garage at the corner of Ridgewood Avenue and Logan Street. 

WHEN:
Depending on this year's weather, food will be distributed for 20-22 weeks from June 1 to November 9. Pick up times are Tuesdays evenings between 6:00pm - 8:00pm. 

 There is $20 administration fee per household (included in these prices). This fee will cover minor expenses for the CSA such as banking fees, flier printing fees, website hosting fees, basic supplies, as well as a donation to Just Food, an organization that empowers and supports communities to advocate and increase access to healthy, locally grown food in NYC neighborhoods.  All membership fees for the summer share must be paid before May 1, 2018 (Please reach out if you would like to participate, but need to work out a payment plan). Collected fees enable the farmer to purchase seeds and equipment before all crops are grown.  CSAs are based on a “shared risk and reward” system. If there is an overabundance of crops, the members will receive more than what they paid for. If there is a shortage of a particular crop, the entire membership receives less that week. 

There is $20 administration fee per household (included in these prices). This fee will cover minor expenses for the CSA such as banking fees, flier printing fees, website hosting fees, basic supplies, as well as a donation to Just Food, an organization that empowers and supports communities to advocate and increase access to healthy, locally grown food in NYC neighborhoods.  All membership fees for the summer share must be paid before May 1, 2018 (Please reach out if you would like to participate, but need to work out a payment plan). Collected fees enable the farmer to purchase seeds and equipment before all crops are grown. CSAs are based on a “shared risk and reward” system. If there is an overabundance of crops, the members will receive more than what they paid for. If there is a shortage of a particular crop, the entire membership receives less that week. 


VOLUNTEER HOURS:
The CSA is 100% run by volunteers. All members are required to volunteer 2-4 hours per season. You may work a distribution shift or contribute in another way (write a blog post, take photos, help with outreach etc.). Please sign up for a shift on the first day of distribution or email us to let us know how you would like to get involved. 

 

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What comes in a Full Veggie Share?

Typically a vegetable share will include 7-10 kinds of vegetables each week and there is usually enough of each item to be used in several meals. You will get different vegetables each week depending on the season. A very incomplete list of items you might receive includes: salad greens, kale, swiss chard, collard greens, savoy cabbage, boc choi, heirloom tomatoes, husk cherries, cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, eggplant, basil, garlic and garlic scape, corn, leeks, beets, carrots, turnips, and radishes. 


Yea, but how much food am I going to get?

It is hard to say exactly how many people a full share will feed because it depends how you use it and how the crops are growing in any particular year. If you use the share as side dishes, you won't go through as much product as if you serve 100% vegetarian meals. A full share will probably be enough food for 12-15 vegetarian meals per week.


How can I help?

We could always use help with, Outreach, Spanish Translation, Grant Writing, and SNAP benefit research.