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Summer 2014

May 8, 2014

Summer 2014 Signups are now available! Please see the Garden of Eve Farm Website for more information.

One change for 2014: The CSA is no longer hosted by the Bushwick Food Coop. The Pickups will still be in the Shops at the Loom, and of course the Bushwick Food Coop will be open during pickups for your additional shopping needs (Bulk grains! Dairy! Additional meat! your Favorite Vegetable that has not come in the CSA yet!), but the actual pickup will be located elsewhere within the Loom.

Thanks for your cooperation, and we look forward to an abundant season!

Membership fee update

May 14, 2013
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To simplify the membership fee collection, everyone is now be required to pay $20 at checkout when signing up for your share on the Garden of Eve Farmigo site. Non-members can still use this $20 fee toward joining the co-op — just let us know at distribution if you’d like to join and we can walk you though the process and answer any questions you have. Those of you who are already co-op members will receive a $10 refund at the end of the season. Thanks for bearing with us as we figure out the best way to manage this aspect of CSA membership.

Summer CSA Sign Ups are OPEN!

April 23, 2013

It’s time to sign up for your summer CSA share! Please go to the Garden of Eve website for pricing information, to choose your share, and make payment here:

http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/BushwickBrooklynCSA.htm

Please note that the Co-op’s administrative fee for hosting the CSA of $15 for co-op members and $25 for non-members is due at our FIRST distribution via cash or check. Payment for the share itself will be made online on the Garden of Eve website when you sign up.

garden of eve signIf you are new to CSA, please also read through our site and make sure you understand the season calendar, volunteer requirement, and terms of the member agreement. Community Supported Agriculture is about everyone helping out to make our food system work better for the farmer and the consumer!

If you have any remaining questions after reading the About section, the FAQs, or the “Join” page, please contact Hannah at hannah (dot) bernhardt (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thanks and looking forward to a great season of awesome food!

Winter Share update and Summer Sign Ups!

January 5, 2013

The Second Winter CSA Distribution is here! We have lovely bags of root vegetables, and lots of greens with Kale, Arugula, pea shoots, and more!

Don’t forget, the Summer CSA sign ups are now available! Take a look Garden of Eve CSA

ALSO! Signed up for the Summer Share in 2012? You can Apply your CSA fee to the Bushwick Food Coop Membership Fee! There is an orientation TODAY, January 5, from 2-4pm at the Bushwick Food Coop, or stop by during open hours to talk with membership.

GARDEN OF EVE VEGETABLE SHARE 1/5/13

Kale, 1 Bunch ($3)
1 garlic ($2)
Collard greens, 1 bu ($3)
Turnip, large red
Potatoes, 3 lbs ($6)
Carrots, 3 lbs ($9)
1 butternut or other winter squash ($4)
2 or 3 Bok Choi ($5)
Broccoli Raab, 1 bu, ($3)
Leeks, 2 small ($2)
pea shoots, 1 bag ($3)
chick greens, 1 bag ($3)
mustard greens, 1 bu ($3)
Arugula, 1 bu ($3)
kohlrabi, one bulb ($1.50)
Garden of Eve-grown organic popcorn on the cob ($1)
Eggs, 1 dozen ($5)

TOTAL VALUE: $63.50

SHOPPING BASKET SHARE 1/5/13
Kale, 1 Bunch ($3)
Collard greens, 1 bu ($3)
Turnip, large red ($1)
Potatoes, 3 lbs ($6)
Carrots, 3 lbs ($9)
1 butternut or other winter squash ($4)
2 or 3 Bok Choi ($5)
Leeks, 2 small ($2)
pea shoots, 1 bag ($3)
chick greens, 1 bag ($3)
Eggs, 1 dozen ($5)
NYS Honey, 1 lb ($10)
Garden of Eve-grown lacto-fermented kimchi OR saurkraut: $6
3 Garden of Eve-grown organic popcorn on the cob ($3)

TOTAL VALUE: $63

MEAT SHARE
1 lb prime cut steak, 2 lb beef stew meat AND 1 lb chopped meat.

Winter Shares Are Here!

December 1, 2012

Winter Shares Have Arrived!

Pickup will be TODAY, December 1, at the Bushwick Food Coop, located at 2 Porter Ave (1087 Flushing Ave), between 10am and 2pm.

We have a great box of vegetables, including Kale, Collards, Garlic, Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Beets, On the Cob Popcorn, and Eggs (Or Apples for the Vegans.) The Shopping Basket Share also has dried fruits or nuts as well as flour/beans/or grains.

Pickup is TODAY between 10am and 2pm! While you are here, you can pick up dry goods from the Bushwick Food Coop, even if you are not a member!

See you soon!

Winter CSA Sign ups Open!

November 21, 2012
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The Winter CSA is now open for membership for the 2012-2013 season!

2012-2013 Season Information

Distribution Location:
The Bushwick Food Co-op, Shops at the Loom, 2 Porter Ave. #107 (Flushing and Porter Ave.)

Time:
10am-2pm on the following Saturdays:

  • December 1, 2012
  • January 5, 2013
  • February 2
  • March 9
  • April 13
  • May 4

Sign-up, pricing, and share options:
Please go to http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/WinterCSAShare.htm

The Garden of Eve website has extensive information and should be able to answer all your questions, but if you would like any opinions/suggestions regarding the share options, feel free to contact us for recommendations.

Important things to note:

  • Both Bushwick Food Co-op members and non-members are welcome to join the winter CSA; however, the Co-op charges a $10 administrative fee to help cover the costs associated with operating out of the Bushwick Food Co-op’s store front (such as rent, electricity, and insurance). If you are not currently a Co-op member but decide to join during the CSA, your admin fee can can go toward the Co-op’s $50 lifetime membership fee. For more information about joining the Co-op, please visit www.bushwickfoodcoop.org. If you are already a member of the co-op, this fee will be refunded to you.
  •  Winter shares are distributed differently than summer shares. Winter shares will likely come pre-packaged in reusable cardboard boxes (depending on which share you buy). Due to the cost associated with the use of boxes, the Garden of Eve charges a refundable box deposit fee. For each box you return from month to month you will get a voucher. At the end of the season you can turn in the vouchers for a cash rebate.
  • Because there are only 6 distributions, the Winter CSA does not have a volunteer requirement.

A Brief History of the CSA in the US of A

November 14, 2012
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Our thanks go out to Shannon for putting this one together! It’s a great little history lesson and gives some insight into the motivation behind the CSA movement, and small farming in general:

The CSA is approaching its 27th anniversary here in the United States. Community Supported Agriculture started out as a small, grassroots movement and through the past three decades has continued to grow because of community interest in safe, local, and sustainable agriculture.

There were two farms here on the East Coast that started the movement in 1986: Indian Line Farm in Massachusetts and Temple-Wilton Community Farm in New Hampshire. They began by taking concepts from biodynamic farming in Europe, and the ideas of an Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. The major concept was that of the consumer and producer being linked by common interests, and to develop a community where you produce locally what is consumed locally. They began to see that the CSA was a way to bring the two concepts together. The farms grew independently of each other, but would meet to share ideas. They are still active and successful today having not only made it through many difficulties over the years but also setting the base for how the current CSA model works.

At Indian Line Farm the overall concept was that of the consumers actively taking responsibility to hold farmland open and to make that land available and affordable for farmers over a long term without government involvement.

At Temple-Wilton Community Farm they asked members of the farm community for a pledge rather than asking them to pay a fixed price for a share of the harvest. They realized that the members of their community had a wide range of needs and incomes and that one set price was not necessarily fair for every family. What they do each year is present a budget showing the true costs of the farm over the coming year and then ask the members of the farm to make pledges to meet the budget. This working concept is in place to this day.

In the last decade the CSA has grown at a very rapid speed. Issues such as global warming, mad cow disease, pesticides, and genetic engineering have garnered community interest in supporting local farms. The community concept of a CSA has also began including not only traditional farms, but orchards, dairies, bakeries, and livestock/butchery, among others. This is allowing the program to grow in size and be protected against unforeseen consequences as droughts, freezing temperatures, etc. during a season.

Most importantly a CSA helps to link those in a community, while also renewing the soil, and reintroducing the human need of farming for survival.

Sources:

http://newfarm.rodaleinstitute.org/features/0104/csa-history/part1.shtml

http://newfarm.rodaleinstitute.org/features/0204/csa2/part2.shtml

http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/pubs/csa/csa.shtml

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