Mount Sinai Farm Share
A CSA @ Mount Sinai Hospital
How does Community Supported Agriculture Work?
You buy a "share" at the beginning of the season. This share gives you a certain percentage of the year's crop from a local organic farm. Every week, you come to the distribution site to pick up what's growing on the farm that week. The distribution site is run by community members, so you will need to volunteer 2.5hrs once during the season.
MSFS is founded on the belief that Community Supported Agriculture is a step forward from the dominant form of agricultural production and consumption in the US, a model that has failed to provide stability for sustainable farms that utilize agricultural techniques and economic practices in keeping with the values of its consumers. More importantly, it has also failed to provide affordable, healthy eating options for much of America. The consumption of processed, “value-added” food commodities artificially inflates the price of food, undermines our culinary culture, and has contributed to the country’s largest health problems. Furthermore, the subsidization and widespread utilization of continuous monoculture with synthetic fertilizer and pesticides has ruined thousands of square miles of American landscape and soil and irremediably polluted our natural environment and food.
Participating in Community Supported Agriculture is one way to limit your involvement in a system that is nearly impossible to avoid individually. (What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)? click here to find out: http://justfood.org/csa)
And of course, it is also affordable, fun and delicious!
Why Participate in a Farm Share?
The share provides a weekly selection of seasonal vegetables, enough to fill a big brown grocery bag. The health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables are widely known. We are provided with an almost weekly allotment of Brassica family greens (Many of our familiar vegetables (Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale and kohl rabi) are members of the plant species Brassica oleracea.). Brassicas supply: Folate, Selenium, Phenolics, Isothiocyanates,Vitamin C and E. These are powerful anti-oxidants that have been shown to decrease the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
The food we get is fresh, local, organic, sustainably produced and comes from a local family farm. It is produced without using pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Unlike large conventional farms in Florida or California, our veggies and fruit come from only 125 miles to reach our doorsteps. Buying into a local, organic, farm share reduces airborne toxins and pollution, reduces the amount of pesticides and fertilizer run-off, and does not expose it's workers to mutagenic and disease promoting chemicals.
An average American's diet contributes to approximately 25% of his/her carbon output. By eating more local vegetarian foods, you can substantially reduce you carbon footprint.
About the Farm
The food we eat comes from Stoneledge Farm located in South Cairo, Greene County, New York in the foothills of the Northern Catskills. The farm provides organic produce to 1200 members in 17 CSA locations throughout eastern New York, New York City and western Connecticut.
The below map gives the driving distance from the farm to Mt. Sinai.