ABOUT THE CSA PROGRAM
When you purchase a CSA share you are, in essence, becoming a stakeholder in our farm. Learn more about what that means below:
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a community investment in the success of Cropsey Community Farm and in the sustained existence of local small-scale agriculture. CSA shareholders buy shares in advance of the growing season to help finance the seed, planting, equipment and labor costs of farming. In return, they are guaranteed a share of the farm's harvest. Rockland Farm Alliance's CSA is run at Cropsey Community Farm, which utilizes cutting edge sustainable practices and is USDA Certified Organic.
What's Included in a CSA Share
Our CSA serves approximately 200 shareholders each season. Shareholders receive 25 weeks of vegetables and herbs from late May through mid November. A CSA share generally includes 8 - 10 items and is sufficient to feed a family of four for a week. What CSA shareholders receive each week depends on what is in season. An early season share will include plenty of greens, spring onions and garlic, radishes and other cool weather loving veggies. At mid season, shares are robust with tomatoes, corn, squash, peppers, eggplant, and many more items. At the end of the season, members look forward to cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, and cauliflower, to name a few.
CSA Share Types
We offer a few types of CSA shares. A General Vegetable Share is $750 for the full season and includes what has been described above. General Vegetable Shares are collected at Cropsey Community Farm on either Tuesdays or Saturdays. (You'll choose a pick-up day at registration.) We also offer pick-up at the Nyack Farmers' Market, on Thursdays.
Cut-Your-Own Flower Shares are available on their own for $150 for the season or as an add-on ($100) to your CSA membership. This membership allows members to harvest their own bouquets of seasonal flowers at the farm each week of the season.
CSA Work Shares are an option for anyone purchasing a General Vegetable Share. Work Share members receive the same harvest share as other members but must complete 12 hours of work exchange. In exchange, they will receive a $100 rebate at the end of the season. This type of membership is a wonderful way to get to know the farm, see how your food is grown, learn about sustainable organic farming practices, and make friends in your farm community. If you would like to participate at the farm in this way, but would like to Volunteer your hours, please let us know!
Subsidized CSA Shares
With the help of the generous donations of our CSA community, RFA is able to offer a limited number of subsidized CSA shares. Charitable organizations who would benefit from the receipt of a CSA share as well as low-income individuals and families are welcome to apply. Recipients of a subsidized share will pay only part of the full share price, depending on their need. Subsidized shares are only available for General Vegetable Shares. Shares must be collected at Cropsey Community Farm on Tuesdays or Saturdays or at the Nyack Farmer's Market on Thursdays.
To apply, please send a statement of need to firstname.lastname@example.org. Subsidized shares will be awarded, first come- first serve, as funding is available.