Monday, May 27, 2019

Frequently Asked...




FAQ

The following is adapted from the kewgardenscsa.org website. Contact us with any questions.

What kind of vegetables can I expect?

Is the food organic?

Garden of Eve Farm is certified organic by the Northeast Organic Farmers’ Association of New York (NOFA-NY). Food grown on the farm and distributed by the CSA is certified-organic, including fruit grown on the farm (berries, melons). It is important to note that SOME FRUIT distributed by CSA MAY NOT BE ORGANIC, due to challenges of growing fruit in this region.It would be “low-spray.” Be assured the farm sources fruit from farmers it knows and trusts.

How does the volunteer shift work?

CSA members give time–about two hours, one time per season–at pickup to help set up, check members in, and close up. We will have a system for members to select dates that they prefer to work. With 12 pickups this season, this might be very short and sweet. 

Is there a membership fee?

A $15 membership fee helps us pay for general operating expenses such as tables, a canopy, supplies, promotional materials, and other incidental expenses. NEW IN 2019: After you sign up with the farm (they will charge a $10 admin fee of their own to cover their incidental, CSA-related expenses) you will receive a welcome letter explaining that you can pay the KGCSA Membership Fee before or at the first pickup.

What if I feel I cannot afford it? Is there help?

The farm offers a range of plans at various prices. And, it offers an extended payment plan of three payments over three months.
The KGCSA has a Scholarship/Subsidy program. The Core Group, through the generosity of the farm, sets aside a limited number of biweekly shares of vegetables which we assign to members who might not otherwise be able to join. If you think this might be right for you, please contact us by email and you will receive information on criteria and the application process. Confidentiality is assured. Talk to us, please.
Be sure to check our KGCSA Members Options page for more information on the KGCSA Scholarship/Subsidized Shares program.
FOR 2019: We are working on getting SNAP and we have applied for a grant for a revolving loan program to help members who cannot pay the full amount at the beginning of the season.
UPDATE: KGCSA won the CCNYC 2019 Neighborhood Grant for a revolving loan program, which will help members who have difficulty getting it all upfront. This is intended to expand our membership to the diverse Queens community. Please contact us.

Will I get help with all this food–how to cook, etc.?

Members can share recipes and tips during the lively discussions at our distribution site as well as in our KGCSA Members Facebook Group. The farm provides recipes in its weekly newsletter and you are encouraged to join the Garden of Eve Organic Farm members Fb group as well. And, we will provide important information on storing and preserving your share—as these veggies do not have chemicals!

Will I meet the farmer(s)?

We hope so, and we will try to make that happen. The CSA held a Farmer Meet ‘N’ Greet event in Kew Gardens in 2018, with Eve, and in in 2019, with Chris and we all learned so much. We encourage members to visit the farm for any of their special events. Chris & Eve want to know who they grow for, so you never know who may drive the truck in.

What kind of events does the farm have?

Garden of Eve Organic Farm has many events daily and weekly throughout the growing season, including TomatoFest and their legendary  Garlic Festival which takes place in the Fall. Try their garlic ice cream!
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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


Friday, May 24, 2019

CALENDAR

Here are the pickup dates for 2019 Summer/Fall CSA season:
June 16, 30
July 14, 30
August 11, 25
September 8, 22
October 6, 20
November 3, 17

Sundays, 10-11:30AM 
by the Briarwood subway station / Briarwood community library.

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

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

BRIARWOOD CSA PICKUP SITE

The pickup site for the Briarwood CSA will be outside the library, near the subway. The best address is 85-12 Main Street, Briarwood, NY 11435. Or the corner of Queens Blvd. and Main St.
We will NOT be on library property. We hope you agree this is a central location for Briarwood.



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

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Know Your Farmer...


One of the sayings in CSA is, "Know your farmer, know your food." 

You can find out how Chris & Eve got started at the About Us page on the farm's website. Spend time on that site.

Surprise! Here is a video from a little ways back which we just rediscovered on YouTube!

Last year Eve came to Kew Gardens to speak to the KGCSA and this year Chris came to the Meet N Greet. It meant a lot to us and both events were great. We came away informed. One reason they came by is they, in turn, want to know who they grow for. That's us!

Visiting the farm is the best way to see who they are. While they may not be able to personally come over and see everyone--they are farming after all--their farm speaks for them....
Go out to the farm for special events, listed on their website. And, if you feel especially ambitious, you can go out to the farm and work there for a day.

Over the course of time, years even, you can get to know the farmers, and they you.
The special relationship between farmers and members is only available in CSA.

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



CCNYC NEIGHBORHOOD GRANT FOR KGCSA!


The Briarwood CSA is part to the Kew Gardens CSA. It is our second pick up site, starting this year. We are so happy that KGCSA was awarded a CCNYC 2019 Neighborhood Grant.



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



Saturday, May 11, 2019

UPDATE: THX!



UPDATE:

We feel very lucky to have met so many wonderful neighbors at the subway stop, the library and other sites around Briarwood.

Thx for taking our cards, for stopping to talk/listen, and for so much positivity.

You have told us that you agree that our neighborhood can use a few more food options and that a source of farm fresh food would be welcome.

With your help and support, that will happen.


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

CSA Pickup #12 November 17, 2019

Joanna, Norah, Giovann and Rishi Big thanks to every member and everyone at the farm for a wonderful CSA season, our first in Briarwood....