Community Supported Agriculture
In Yonkers, design and economy has resulted in a neighborhood with few places 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 an epidemic. To counter these problems, Groundwork initiated partnerships with several local farms to create greater access to fresh produce through a Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) model.
CSA is a farming model in which community members pledge support to the farm at the beginning of the season. In return, they pick up a share of the harvest every week. In this way, the growers and members provide mutual support in their food production, thereby creating a true community farm.
Both partners share in the risks and rewards of small-scale farming: weather, insect damage, and fantastic tasting veggies. CSA restores the lost connection between people and agriculture by providing an opportunity for members to be directly connected to how their food is grown. It’s about more than just vegetables!
Through relationships with Sisters Hill Farm, Peace and Carrots Farm, and The Farm Bridge, Groundwork is able to sell fresh, organic vegetables close to where people live and at a price they can afford. 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 and comes from one of our two partnering farms.
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.”
Click here for the Sisters Hill Farm website (recipes, photos, etc).
Peace and Carrots Farm is a farm on a mission to provide Hudson Valley residents with locally grown food, promoting health, education and community, and carrying on the history of Orange County’s agricultural roots. “Lady-farmer” Laura Nywening grows a variety of vegetables, flowers, and herbs with the help of apprentices each season.
Click here for Peace and Carrots Farm website (recipes, photos, etc).
Each share will provide you and your family with 22 weeks of fresh produce, starting in early June and continuing until the end of October. and costs $10-15 per week, depending on your income. You can pay monthly, in two installments 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!
late December– late April
Through partnership with The Farm Bridge, Groundwork is able to offer delicious nutritious produce during the darkest of winter. For a total of 5 shares (one share per month) participants will receive over 35 local food items. Each item is a package of individually quick frozen (IQF) or frozen pureed fruits or vegetables. The IQF process freezes each kernel of corn, each green bean, which not only maximizes flavor, but allows you to use what you need, and put the rest of the package back in the freezer. We freeze at the peak of freshness, often hours after the farmer’s harvest. That is why our food is so fresh and delicious! Even better each share offers a fresh ingredient, such as pea shoots, and one jar of tomato puree.
Click here for The Farm Bridge website (photos of a sample share).
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)?
For more information contact: Nathan Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org