Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Hawthorne Valley Farm has a 300–member CSA and supplies organic and Biodynamic produce to Columbia County residents and to three New York City communities (Garden City, Inwood, and Riverdale). Over 40 varieties of vegetables are grown on 10 acres, and fruit shares from local farmers are also available. The CSA includes weekly delivery of produce for approximately 21 weeks.
What is Community Supported Agriculture?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA is a unique partnership between a specific farm and an individual or household. Membership in our CSA means receiving a share of the weekly garden harvest of Hawthorne Valley Farm. It also means coming to know and understand the life of this particular farm and supporting the farmers in their efforts to grow healthy, nutritious food in a way that is environmentally responsible.
By signing up and paying dues before the planting season actually begins, you allow us to more accurately plan our garden and provide the funds to secure seeds and supplies needed at the beginning of the season, long before the harvest. When you join, you also signify your willingness to share in some of the risks inherent in farming, such as unexpected weather conditions or crop failures. We do our best to mitigate these risks and fill any gaps that occur during the season.
Supporting the Regional Foodshed
Hawthorne Valley Farm actively works with a number of other growers to insure that you receive the highest quality and widest variety of vegetables in your weekly share. Often, we turn to other local farms for vegetables that we find difficult to grow in the soil at Hawthorne Valley. For carrots, we often partner with Fellgarth Farm, Red Fire Farm, or Roxbury Farm. Potatoes may come from Thompson–Finch Farm (who is one of our growers for your fruit share) and string beans from Markristo Farm. Corn is provided by Kinderhook Creek Farm, a neighboring grower although not an organic farmer. In all cases, we can assure you of the high quality of the produce and production methods.
These farmers are friends and, in most cases, neighbors of ours. In this way, as CSA shareholders, you are helping to support farmers within a whole growing region — farmers using sustainable growing methods. Community Supported Agriculture is not like shopping at the supermarket – it’s about growing our foodshed, building relationships, and enjoying a diverse array of farm-fresh produce.
The rewards of CSA membership are great: learning to eat seasonally, cooking and preserving new and interesting vegetables, celebrating the growing season at special events on the farm, and coming to feel a sense of connection to Hawthorne Valley and other farms in the region! We hope you’ll join a CSA program, whether at Hawthorne Valley Farm or at another farm in your area!