Greenpoint-Williamsburg CSA

The Greenpoint-Williamsburg CSA is a volunteer-run community supported agriculture organization that is currently partnered with the Garden of Eve Organic Farm in Riverhead, Long Island. By purchasing shares, our members support the farm when they need it most – before the start of the growing season – and receive fresh, organic produce throughout the summer and fall. We offer weekly and biweekly shares of vegetables (organic), fruit (local, low-spray), eggs (free range), and flowers (organic) at two pickup locations. The mission of the Greenpoint-Williamsburg CSA is to establish and maintain connections between local residents and local farms and producers, and to foster more sustainable ways of eating and living. Shares: Vegetables, fruits, eggs and flowers are available as individual shares. The vegetable, fruit, and egg season lasts for 24 weeks from June until November. The flower season runs for 22 weeks from June until October. Vegetables: Enough seasonal vegetables (6-8 types) for 2 large vegetarian meals, or for sides for the week. Fruit: Enough seasonal fruit for 1-2 people to have fruit on cereal or for a snack for about 5 days. Eggs: 1/2 dozen eggs from pasture raised chickens that are fed no hormones or antibiotics. Flowers: One pre-arranged bouquet of assorted seasonal organic flowers. Individual shares are available weekly (pick up every week) or biweekly (pick up every other week). Members with biweekly shares will be assigned A week (begins the first week of the season) or B week (begins the 2nd week of the season). You may choose any combination of shares. example: If you choose a biweekly share of veggies and two biweekly shares of eggs, you will pick up vegetables and a dozen eggs every two weeks. Organic Vegetables - weekly $575.04 bi-weekly $305.04 Local Fruit - weekly $275.04 bi-weekly$150.00 Organic Flowers -weekly $155.00 bi-weekly $95.40 Pastured Eggs (1/2 dozen) - weekly $66.00 bi-weekly $33.00 Combination Shares: The following discounted combination shares are available: Mega Combo: vegetables, fruits, flowers and eggs Vegan Combo: vegetables, fruits and flowers Mega -weekly $1,030.08 bi-weekly $555.00 Vegan -weekly $975.12 bi-weekly $504.96 Early Bird memberships are for returning members only and the order must be made on or before March 31st, 2012. Regular memberships must be paid in full by June 1st, 2012. Early Bird's get slightly discounted rates. Veggies: Vegetables through the season may include: mesclun salad mix, lettuces, kale, arugula, swiss chard, spinach, collard greens, cabbage, bok choi, pea shoots, green beans, sugar snaps, edamame, haricot vert, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn, beets, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli rabe, potatoes, parsnips, radish, turnips, onions, garlic, kohlrabi, and a variety of herbs. Fruit: Fruits through the season may include: strawberries, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, apricots, plums, pears, and apples. While Garden of Eve Farm does grow organic strawberries and rhubarb, the majority of our fruit comes from Garden of Eve’s neighbors, Briermere Farm. Unfortunately, our climate makes it nearly impossible to grow organic plums, peaches, apples, cherries, and pears. Despite these harsh realities, in reverence to the environment, Briermere Farm employs Integrated Pest Management (IPM), otherwise know as “low-spray”, farming with techniques that are both effective and lean more towards environmental friendly farming. Flowers: Bouquets may include: lilies, sunflowers, lavender, lupine, baptisia, calendula, dephinium, larkspur, black-eyed susans, salvia, snapdragons, zinnias, yarrow asters, bee balm, anise hyssop, butterfly bush, and hydrangea. Work Shifts: All GWCSA members are required to help with produce distribution by signing up for one or more work shifts. Saturday Work Shifts: There are three options for Saturday work shifts. Saturday Distribution Shifts: Where: GWCSA Stand, next to the dog run in McCarren Park When: 8:30am – 12:15pm What: Help the distribution coordinator by checking members off lists or manning the produce bins. At the end of distribution, help load left over produce into the farms truck. How many times? One Saturday Farmstand Shifts Where: Garden of Eve Stand at McCarren Park Farmers Market When: 7:30am – 9:30am, or 9:30 – 11:30am, or 11:30am – 1:30pm What: The main mission of the GWCSA is to support local family farms. We fulfill that mission in part by lending a helping hand at the Garden of Eve stand in the McCarren Park Farmers Market. Work shift members stock vegetables and help customers. Our assistance allows the stand to function with fewer employees, keeping costs low for our farmer. Because shifts at the market tend to be more intense than distribution, we have split market shifts into 2 hour allotments. How many times? One Saturday Soup Kitchen Driver (must have own car) Where: GWCSA Stand, next to the dog run in McCarren Park When: 12:00pm What: Your vehicle will be loaded with bags of leftover produce for donation. You will drive this produce to the soup kitchen on Milton Street in Greenpoint where it will be unloaded. How many times? Three (on different Saturdays) Wednesday Work Shifts There are three options for Wednesday work shifts. Wednesday Distribution Shifts: Where: Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell Street, Greenpoint) When: 5:30 pm – 7:15 pm, or 6:45 pm – 8:20 pm What: Get ready for distribution by organizing the produce. Once all the vegetables, fruits, eggs and flowers have been and set out, work shift members will then help the distribution coordinator by checking members off lists or manning the produce bins. Another wave of work shift members arrive at 6:45 pm and finish up distribution by cleaning up and removing the empty crates to the side yard. How many times? Two You can work both shifts in one night, or you can work one shift on two different nights. If you’re sharing your CSA share with someone, you can both come in and work the same shift at the same time. Wednesday Compost Shifts Where: Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell Street, Greenpoint) When: 5:30 pm – 7:15 pm, or 6:45 pm – 8:20 pm What: Please make sure that you are prepared to get dirty and dress appropriately! How many times? Two Since we only need one compost worker each week, you cannot fulfill your entire workshift obligation in one night like with the distribution workshifts. The two shifts must be on different nights. Wednesday Soup Kitchen Driver (must have own car) Where: Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell Street, Greenpoint) When: 8pm What: Your vehicle will be loaded with bags of leftover produce for donation. You will drive this produce to the soup kitchen on Milton Street in Greenpoint where it will be unloaded. How many times? Three (on different Wednesdays) New Members: New members, please take a few moments to read the information about our CSA provided on this site, including our membership agreement. New members must attend an orientation session in order to join the CSA. There will be four orientation sessions in March at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell St) in Greenpoint: Saturday, March 17th at 11:00am or 11:45am Saturday, March 31st at 11:00am or 11:45am You do not need to RSVP for an orientation session – just show up. All sign up information will be provided at the orientation session. Shares for the season are first come, first served, so it’s best to attend the earliest orientation session for which you are available. Please email us at with any further questions. Saturday Distribution Location: McCarren Park, 9am – 12pm: Pick up in McCarren Park next to the dog run and community garden. Wednesday Distribution Location: McGolrick Park, 6 – 8pm: Pick up at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 129 Russell Street, across the street from McGolrick Park. Winter Share: Our local Winter Share is run by the Garden of Eve Farm directly; pickups are once a month, December through May, in McCarren Park. If you are interested in signing up for the 2011-2012 winter share, please sign up on the Garden of Eve website. Membership Agreement: Membership Agreement The GWCSA supports a sustainable, certified-organic farm. The CSA facilitates distribution of vegetables, fruit, eggs, and flowers from Garden of Eve Farm of Riverhead, NY to CSA members. The Farm sets the CSA share prices and the share amounts and contents. The CSA coordinates member signup and payments to the Farm, and oversees the distribution of goods we are given by the Farm to our members. The CSA is an independent organization, separate from the Farm. 1. Pre-Payment I agree to pay for my share(s) in full before June 1st, 2012. Early bird coupon (returning members only) must be used by March 31st. A minimum deposit plus a separate administrative fee is due at signup. To receive early bird prices as a returning member, the coupon must be used by March 31, 2012. All balances must be paid in full by June 1st, 2012. If paying by paper check, please make checks payable to Garden of Eve Farm and send them to GWCSA, 190 Bedford Ave #150, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Shares may not be picked up until balances are paid in full and late payments are subject to a $20 fee. Those who have not paid in full by July 17, 2012 cannot participate and will forfeit all deposits. The CSA reserves the right to refuse membership to any member not in good standing. 2. Mandatory Work Shift I commit to working my scheduled distribution shift(s). The GWCSA requires that Saturday members work 1 full distribution shift (helping distribute shares to other members at the pickup location), 1 full Garden of Eve farm stand shift, or 3 driver shifts. Wednesday members must work 2 half distribution shifts, 2 compost shifts, or 3 driver shifts. Work shifts are selected after online sign up. For more details, please see Work Shifts. The work shift(s) is MANDATORY as we are member-run and your involvement is what keeps the CSA functioning. Likewise, your participation in your scheduled distribution shift is essential to keep your membership in good standing. If you cannot make your shift, you MUST arrange for someone else to work for you and notify the GWCSA core group. In the event a member misses their shift, he or she forfeits one pickup week and will need to make up the work shift. Only one member is required to work per household share. Members are welcome to work additional shifts and/or participate in the CSA events. 3. Share Pick-Ups (Distribution) I am responsible for picking up my own shares at my distribution time (or having a designee do so), otherwise I forfeit that weeks share. Members assume the responsibility to pick up their shares at the weekly pick-up point, on their designated day, during the designated timeframe, or forfeit that week’s share. If necessary, members may make their own arrangements to have someone else pick up for them, or with another GWCSA member to trade weeks. (The person picking up for you should notify the leader at the distribution site.) When arriving at distribution, members first need to check in before picking up a share and check in separately for each share type. Shares are listed under the primary member’s name. Members need to pick up their shares with their own bags. We suggest two large tote bags and smaller plastic bags and containers to put individual items in. I agree to take only the produce/goods that are part of my share, and only in the amounts designated. Distribution is organized by item, marked with a sign that will tell the member the amount that they should take. Members are free to peruse the produce within the crate, selecting the individual vegetable that they prefer. However, members are to take ONLY the amounts listed on the share sign (whether by weight or volume). The CSA receives a fixed amount from the Farm, based on the number of members. It’s important that no one takes more than their share or change the amounts of items taken based on personal preferences, so that other members will not be deprived of some of their veggies. 4. Share Contents I understand that the shares vary in content and quantity of items from week to week. Members receive produce that is in season. Although there is a large variety each week, the produce will change from week to week. The CSA may send an update prior to distribution as to what the share contents are likely to be; however contents are always subject to change. I understand that the Garden of Eve Farm may reduce share quantities in the event of bad weather or other detrimental natural conditions affecting harvest. The production and delivery of farm produce relies heavily upon weather and natural conditions. During exceptionally good conditions, CSA members benefit from surplus produce. Conversely, in the case of a season of bad weather, a natural disaster, crop failure, wild animals picking off the chickens, or other natural forces beyond control, the Farm is not liable to distribute produce or other goods it does not have to the CSA. The Farm works to mitigate these situations to the extent possible, however, this means that there may be times when share quantities be reduced. Members understand and accept the benefits and risks inherent to agriculture and neither the Garden of Eve Farm nor the GWCSA shall be held liable in the event of reduced shares. Working together to support the farm through difficult times means that the Farm will be able to recover and continue to sustain a source of quality produce for the CSA community in the long term. 5. Membership I understand the Greenpoint-Williamsburg CSA is a member-run organization. The Greenpoint-Williamsburg CSA is maintained by the CSA core members and the CSA member community. The Farm relies on the CSA community to maintain its sustainable, organic farming. CSA members rely on the Farm to provide us with healthy, local, organic produce. Members commit to help do their part and realize that participation is the key to sustainable living.