Heritage Farm CSA

The Snug Harbor Heritage Farm 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. 

A CSA share will allow you and your family to pick up fresh produce grown on the Heritage Farm from the Heritage Farm Stand on Chapel Road and Gazebo Road every week for 20 weeks during the growing season. CSA pickups begin Friday, June 2.

2023 Pricing Scale

In 2023, Heritage Farm CSA pickup days will run June 2023 – October 2023 (20 weeks total) on Fridays from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM and at the Saturday Heritage Farm Stands.

Full Share: $600- This covers your family to enjoy 20 weeks of fresh veggies throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

Half Share: $350- This covers a smaller share for 20 weeks.

CSA Community Advocate: Your $100 no-share donation supports the work of the Heritage Farm in your community: supplying food pantries and school cafeterias, working with school gardens, and facilitating workforce development programs.

FAQ

Why does a CSA cost so much?

We price our CSA 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.

Snug Harbor works with food pantries, schools, and food-insecure neighbors to provide fresh produce regularly. Thank you for your help in making our community happy, healthy, and fed!  

Can I volunteer or work a shift on the farm?

We’re glad that so many of our CSA members and supporters are interested in volunteering on the Heritage Farm! We would love for each CSA member, as well as their family, to lend a hand on the farm during the growing season.

All volunteers are welcome at Snug Harbor: individuals, community-based organizations, schools, and workforce development groups serve on the Heritage Farm, with the Horticulture team on our grounds, and in the Arts department. 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?

Please reach out to heritagefarmstaff@snug-harbor.org if you have questions about paying for your share. We can discuss making a payment plan. We also accept SNAP/EBT and P-EBT.

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

You can split a share among neighbors, friends or family. Full and half shares are registered to a maximum of two designated recipients for pickup. Each share consists of 5-15 different vegetables and is suited for a small family or an individual who likes to eat lots of vegetables.

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 synthetic 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 the techniques we use, just ask our farmers at the CSA pick-up, or volunteer to work on the farm.

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

We encourage people to experiment with new or unfamiliar items. Your CSA membership includes a weekly e-newsletter that will have recipes with the crops that are in season, gardening tips, and other exciting information from Snug Harbor. Also feel free to ask the Snug Harbor staff how they like to prepare and enjoy the produce!

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

In 2023, we’ll be expanding the CSA pickup days to include:

Friday Heritage Farm Stands: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM, June 2 – October 13
Saturday Heritage Farm Stands: 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM, May 6 – October 14
Sunday Heritage Farm Stands: June 18 – August 27

Are there any discounts to join?

Yes! Snug Harbor Members and Snug Harbor Staff receive a 5% discount for signing up.  Join as a member here.