The Crown Heights CSA is officially a go for 2009, with registration taking place this coming Sunday, April 5, at Franklin Park on St. John's and Franklin from 2-6pm. For those unfamiliar with the lingo, a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is an organization that collectively buys fresh produce from a local farmer. Individuals (or small groups) purchase shares, which gives the farmer the up-front cash he/she needs to tend and harvest the crop, and guarantees the buyers fresh produce for the entire harvest season. While a share usually costs a fair amount up front, most CSAs essentially offer a big box of high-quality fresh produce for $20-25/week over five-six months.
Full shares for the Crown Heights CSA will cost $565 (feeds 3-5) and partial shares will cost $350. The best deal, unless you have a family, is to split a full share with friends, and the organizers will facilitate some pairing up on Sunday. The pick-ups will start June 9, also at Franklin Park, and run for 23 weeks every Tuesday from 4:00-7:30. Members will be asked to work two two-hour shifts helping to hand out produce over the course of the season.
They plan to have a website up soon, but if you're interested in what will be offered you can check out the DUMBO CSA, which works with the same farmer. In order to reach as many people as possible, they've applied for grants to allow people to pay through installments (bring $100 to register on the day if you'd like to do this), and they're soliciting local artists/bakers/creators to donate items to sell in order to subsidize low-income shares as well. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries or to get involved.
Many thanks and kudos to Franklin Park, who are volunteering their sidewalk space for pickup, as well as an indoor space in case of rain, and letting the organizers store materials at the bar.