Heritage Farm CSA

The first-ever CSA program at the Snug Harbor Heritage Farm was a huge success—and we’re excited to launch sales for the 2021 Heritage Farm CSA!

Thanks to the support and feedback of this year’s CSA members, we want to make your experience more fruitful for you and our community. (Current CSA members: remember to fill out the end of season survey!)

In 2021, 100 shares will be available—so sign up now to reserve your spot!

What is a CSA? A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a subscription program that community members buy into before the growing season begins. This allows the farm to purchase needed materials (like soil and seeds) to begin the season.

For 20 weeks during the growing season on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 – 7:00 PM, you and your family come to Snug Harbor’s South Meadow Lawn Stage to pick up a bag full of fresh produce grown on the Heritage Farm.

When does it start? The first pick up will be on June 2, 2021 and run until October 13, 2021 (20 weeks total)

2021 Pricing Scale

Standard Share: $550- This covers your family to enjoy 20 weeks of fresh veggies throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

CSA Champion: $775- Standard Share + ½ share for a community member; this covers your share for 20 weeks plus another community member share for 10 weeks

CSA Community Advocate: $1,100- Standard share + full share for community member; this covers your 20 weeks plus provides a full share to another community member for 20 weeks

Buy your 2021 Heritage Farm CSA share today!

FAQ

Why is cost different in 2021?

We are pricing our 20-week CSA for 2021 in a way that will help create resiliency and equity within our local food system. Did you know that in 2019, over 750,000 NYC residents lived with food insecurity? Thirteen percent of Staten Islanders rely on SNAP (formally food stamps) benefits, using 90% of those benefits by week 3. Those numbers are likely doubled due to COVID-19.

By going the extra mile and purchasing more than just your family’s share, you are able to help someone in your community enjoy the abundant, local, and fresh produce from the Heritage Farm. Working with partner organizations in the North Shore, Snug Harbor will be able to identify our most vulnerable community members and provide them with a CSA share next season. If you have questions or would like to learn more about how we are creating a more equitable food system, please email Farm Manager Ezra Pasackow, at epasackow@snug-harbor.org. Thank you in advance for your help in making our community happy, healthy, and fed!  

Will next year’s shares be bigger?

YES! We launched our 2020 CSA in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York; this sudden shift meant that it was extremely difficult to build a crop plan that was diverse and abundant for our 89 members. During the winter we will be able to plan accordingly to make sure your family gets plenty of veggies! Is there a vegetable or variety you love and that you want to see in next year’s CSA? Send us an email at epasackow@snug-harbor.org and we may be able to include it in next year’s crop plan.

Can I volunteer or work a shift on the farm?

We’re glad that so many of our CSA members and supporters have shown interest in volunteering on the Heritage Farm!  In 2021, each CSA member (or family) is asked to work a total of 8 hours on the Heritage Farm throughout the growing season. Availability for work days will be on our website. If you are unable to participate in the physically demanding work on the farm for any reason, please email our Farm Manager Ezra Pasackow, at epasackow@snug-harbor.org to learn how you can still be an active CSA member. There are lots of projects on the farm and we can make sure to find a job that’s right for you!

What if I am not a CSA member and want to volunteer on the farm?

Please email engagement@snug-harbor.org for more information on volunteering at Snug Harbor, or fill out our volunteer interest form.

Do I have to pay all at once?

No, you can email our Farm Manager at epasackow@snug-harbor.org to make a payment plan. They will be in 5 installments of $110 due on the following dates: June 2nd, June 30th, July 31th, August 31th, and September 30th. SNAP/WIC payments are also accepted.

Can I split a share? Or buy a half a share?

You can split a share among neighbors, friends or family. One payment should be made and the details on who will be picking up each share can be sent to epasackow@snug-harbor.org. At this time, we only have one size share that will consist of 4-15 different veggies and is suited for a small family or an individual who likes to eat lots of veggies.

Is the produce organic?

The Heritage Farm uses techniques and growing strategies that are in line with USDA Organic Certification, but we are not technically certified. We are a low-till farm that focuses on soil health through the use of cover cropping, crop rotation, low soil disruption techniques, and compost use. We don’t spray synthetically made pesticides or herbicides–we manage any pest problems through hand removal, beneficial plant integration, and row cover. We plant lots of flowers that attract a variety of pollinators and insects, which keep a healthy balance of detrimental and beneficial critters in the field. If you are curious about some of the other techniques we use, just ask our farmers at the CSA pick-up.

What are you doing to reduce the spread of COVID-19?

We are taking our production operation very seriously by following social distancing regulations set forth by the CDC and working within the guidelines put in place for food producers by the State of New York. We harvest, wash, and package all produce with proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and take pride in providing the freshest and cleanest produce possible. We will update our members on the newest policies and procedures in spring 2021 before the CSA begins.

What if I don’t recognize or like a product?

Depending on the week, there may be an option to swap out produce for something else, but we encourage people to experiment with new or unfamiliar items. Your CSA membership includes access to a weekly e-newsletter that will have recipes with the crops that are in season, gardening tips, and other exciting information from Snug Harbor.

What if I can’t pick up my produce on the pickup day?

A neighbor, friend, family can pick up a share if the CSA shareholder cannot, but the member must communicate the name of the person picking up to epasackow@snug-harbor.org by noon the day before pickup. Are there any discounts to join? Yes! Snug Harbor Members and Snug Harbor Staff receive a 10% discount for signing up.  Join as a member here.