Its Time to Join Einstein's CSA Today!
Its easy, great for the community, organic, healthy and introduces you to vegetables you have never heard of!
Our mission is to provide the members of the Einstein community with access to fresh, organic, local produce at an affordable price, while also supporting local farming and sustainable growing practices.
What is a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture is a cooperative of community members committed to bringing seasonal, local, organic produce to a community. During the harvest season, which runs approximately mid-June through mid-November, we receive and distribute a weekly delivery of freshly harvested produce on the campus of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Read more about community supported agriculture on the Just Food website.
CSA a Benefit for You and the Farm: Einstein CSA is one of several community supported agriculture programs in New York City that bring affordable, healthy, organic produce to urban residents. CSA's are a wonderful way for city dwellers to stay connected to the land and help small organic farmers keep doing what they do best. CSA's are great for the environment because eating locally means your food didn't have to travel hundreds or thousands of miles to get to you, and organic farming is much better for the environment than conventional farming. It is a great way to eat healthy, connect to the community, and support local, organic farmers.
How does it work?
A group of people in the Einstein community comes together, and with the help of Just Food, a local non-profit who helps pair community members with local farms, finds a local farmer who wants to supply us with organic produce and other food during the growing season. Each member of the group pays a fee for a 'share' of the CSA. This money goes to the local farmer, and a small administration fee goes to Just Food for helping us organize our CSA and connect us with the farm.
You become a member of the Einstein CSA by signing up and paying for a minimum of a single vegetable share (which you may split with a friend, use our Find a Share Partner document if you need help finding someone to split the share with).
As a member you are required to work two 2-hour shifts helping out at the distribution site during the season. You can also contribute to our website and help organize events such as pot lucks. Left over food that is not picked up gets donated to a local soup kitchen or shelter.
This experience not only provides you with access to fresh, organic produce, but it also enables you to support local sustainable farming. CSA is an important business model for small organic farms, as it provides a steady, reliable income for the farm and is vital to helping keep their business going. Part of joining a CSA means understanding that there are risks involved in the agriculture business, and being willing to take a smaller share or less produce from time to time if the farm is affected by flooding or other adverse weather conditions. These things can have a great impact on the business of a farm, but this can be mitigated with the support of a CSA.
Please check out our FAQs for more information.