Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Sign Up Now for the Briarwood CSA

We are happy to announce that you can now sign up for the 2019 Summer/Fall season of the Briarwood CSA on the website of Garden of Eve Organic Farm!

Start HERE, and read about community supported agriculture. Then, follow the link to their Locations  page---Find Briarwood, click the button and hit NEXT.
That will bring you to the order screens. Everything should be clear but let us know if you have a question. We are happy to answer them!
Remember, everyone gets vegetables. After that you have several choices: fruit, eggs, bread, cheese, beer, etc. Some of these come weekly, others are biweekly or monthly.
You will not have to pay until you are ready to do so---so it's a good idea to select/deselect shares, watching the money amount until you reach a combination of items that works for you and your household.
If you select biweekly vegetables---which many or  most members do---it will ask you if you want an A week schedule (which start the first pickup June 16 and then every other week thereafter) or the B week pickup (which starts week two). This accommodates members who have important dates during the season. (Members can also opt out of some pickups and get credit.) There are 12 biweekly pickups, 24 weekly pickups. from Jyne through November.
You can pay immediately or over three monthly payments. It helps the farm if you pay by check rather than by a credit card.

Tip: Go in with a partner. That way you can share news, pickups, and items.

Other things you need to know:
--Please read the Members Agreement.
--A $15 Member's Fee helps us run the group. This is payable to the CSA on or before the first pickup. (This is NOT the Admin Fee charged by the farm on signup. That helps them advertise, organize and cover some of their CSA expenses.)
--Members are required to work one pickup. We will have a signup form and will work with you on dates.

We look forward to a great first season and our Core group of organizers is working to make everything happen. We need and appreciate your support.

Email: briarwoodcsa@gmail.com
Website: www.briarwoodcsa.org
Twitter: @briarwoodcsa
Facebook: @briarwoodcsa
The Briarwood CSA is in partnership with the Kew Gardens CSA.
Email: kewgardenscsa@gmail.com

Monday, April 22, 2019

You Are Invited to Meet the Farmers!

 All CSA-interested Briarwood neighbors are invited/encouraged to attend  a special event:

Farmer Chris

WHAT: Farmer Meet N Greet
WHEN: Sunday, April 28. 
WHO: Chris & Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht, of Garden of Eve Organic Farm in Riverhead, Long Island will be in Kew Gardens to talk with members of the Kew Gardens CSA and interested neighbors.
Learn about organic farming; find out about CSAs. Know your farmer; know your food!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

What Is a CSA?

What is a CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way for communities to buy high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. A farmer offers farm shares to the public. Shares usually include 7-10 types of vegetables, enough for a family of 2-3 people, with add-on options for other items like fruits and eggs. Interested members purchase a seasonal subscription in advance allowing the farmer to pay for seed, equipment, etc. up front. Hence the “community-supported” part of CSA. 

Throughout the season, members receive a box of seasonal produce straight from the farm. By developing a relationship with the farmer who grows our food, we can learn more about our food. Often members are exposed to new vegetables and find new ways of cooking through the community.

To learn more about CSA:

Visit the site of the Kew Gardens CSA

Check out this YouTube  video about CSA. 

Go to the CSA page of Garden of Eve Organic Farm here.

    Join us for the 2019 Summer and Fall season.
Contact us at: briarwoodcsa@gmail.com
Twitter: @briarwoodcsa

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Getting the Word Out

Perhaps you have seen us at the Briarwood subway stop on Tuesday mornings as we try to get the word out about the new community supported agriculture (CSA) group, the Briarwood CSA.

We picked Tuesdays because that is the day for the food scraps drop off that is run by the Queens Botanical Garden. Forest and Alex, who are the QBG composting experts, have been tremendously encouraging, sharing their knowledge and offering valuable advice. We figured that people who recycle food scraps would be interested in a CSA, but boy the response has been far better than we had imagined.

We have gotten over 60 signatures of people who are interested, want to know more, or are ready to sign up. This is helping us convince our partner farm to take a chance on a new location. For that we say, "Thank You."

The response from neighbors has been powerful and inspiring. We have spoken with people who know what a CSA is;---and with others who are willing to listen and who see it makes sense. Most people agree that there is a need for a source of healthy farm fresh food in Briarwood. People should have a choice, as they do in other Queens neighborhoods. And we are trying to make that happen.

Can you help us?

    Join us for the 2019 Summer and Fall season.
Contact us at: briarwoodcsa@gmail.com
Twitter: @briarwoodcsa


Announcing:The Briarwood CSA

There is a new community supported agriculture group in town, the Briarwood CSA!

What is a CSA?
CSA stands for community supported agriculture. A CSA group is a group of neighbors who  partner with a farm to bring farm fresh produce---and other items--to members who purchase shares prior to the beginning of the season.
There are over 120 CSA groups in NYC and they are always a treasured part of the community.

Who Joins?
CSAs usually appeal to people who want to eat healthily, want to support farms, and who care about issues such as the environment, food access, and food justice.
Members of a CSA know who their farmer is and where their food comes from--and so there is a mutual trust and learning experience.

Is it about more than food?
Yes. CSAs build community. Members meet neighbors whom they might not otherwise speak to; they work side by side at distribution; and they make decisions together about the group. They share recipes and food tips and there are usually events for members such as trips out to the farm.

        Join us for the 2019 Summer and Fall season.
Contact us at: briarwoodcsa@gmail.com
Twitter: @briarwoodcsa

  Briarwood CSA is currently on hiatus and will NOT be available for the 2022 season. We will post an update when we resume operations.