Community Supported Agriculture
In Yonkers, design and economy has resulted in a neighborhood with no place to buy high quality food within walking distance. As a result, chronic health problems related to poor nutrition — like obesity, diabetes and heart disease — are epidemic.
To counter these problems, Groundwork initiated a program to sell fresh, organic vegetables close to where people live and at a price they can afford. This “Community-Supported Agriculture” (CSA) program receives organic vegetables straight from local farms, and sells them to local residents at a low price via a subscription program. The idea for the CSA came out of a neighborhood design meeting with the Tenants’ Council at Cottage Gardens, a public housing complex in downtown Yonkers.
With CSA programs in both the summer and the winter, Groundwork brings farm-fresh produce to Yonkers all year round. If you are a Yonkers resident interested local organic produce, contact us to sign up!
late May – early November
The produce for the Summer CSA is picked fresh every week. It comes from Sisters Hill Farm, a non-profit organic farm north of Yonkers owned and managed by the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul of New York. The farm’s mission is “to grow healthy food which nurtures bodies, spirits, communities and the earth.”
Each share is $10-15 per week, depending on your income. You can pay weekly, monthly, or all at once. The shares contain 5-15 pounds of vegetables and occasionally fruit depending on the farm’s harvest. Throughout the growing season shares will include lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, arugula, kale, squash, melon, garlic, basil, bok choy, etc!
Click here for the Sisters Hill Farm website (recipes, photos, etc).
mid-December – mid-March/April
For the Winter CSA, Groundwork partners with a New Paltz-based company called Winter Sun Farms. The team at Winter Sun Farms collects produce from more than a dozen different local, sustainable farms throughout the growing season and then cans, preserves, or flash freezes it for distribution during the winter.
Shares are $33 per month, and usually contain 6 frozen items and 1 fresh item. Previous shares have included heirloom red tomatoes, broccoli florets, sweet corn, green beans, whole raspberries and blueberries, and more! For an additional $5.75 per month, participants can also 1 dozen fresh eggs.
Click here for the Winter Sun Farms website.
Other Useful Links
Click here for a FAQ sheet about the Groundwork Hudson Valley CSA.
Haga clic aquí para información de Programa Agrícola de Groundwork Hudson Valley.
Wikipedia: What is Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA)?