Founded in 2002, Clinton Hill Community Supported Agriculture (CHCSA) is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that brings fresh, locally grown, organic produce to its members through a partnership with Windflower Farm in Valley Falls, NY. Like a magazine subscription, members buy shares at the beginning of the season and receive weekly (summer) or monthly (winter) deliveries of produce directly from the farmer. Through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), the farm gets money when they need it most and subscribers get not only the highest quality fruits and vegetables at the best possible price but also a direct relationship to the people who produce the food they eat. All members must buy a vegetable share, and we also offer fruit, egg, and flower shares, as well as bi-weekly opportunities to order meat, poultry, dairy products, and other locally made goods through the Lewis Waite Farm CSA Extra Shares program. This activity is not sponsored or endorsed by the New York City Department of Education or the City of New York.
We make healthy produce available to households with reduced income, 1/3 of our vegetable shares are made available at a lower price to households living on less than $65,000/year for 2+ adults, or $40,000 for single adults; these shares are subsidized by the other 2/3 of our membership. We also have a limited number of shares available for members who qualify for SNAP benefits.
The summer season runs 22 weeks from early June to early November. Members pick up their shares every Thursday between 5 and 7:30 p.m. at the distribution site. If you are unable to pick up your share, you may send someone to pick it up for you. Shares cannot be held past 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and all unclaimed leftover food will be donated to a local food pantry.
CHCSA is a community endeavor. Members are required to help out by volunteering 4 hours per household per season, or 2 hours for members who purchase half shares. They can help by setting up, breaking down or supervising the distribution site. We occasionally also need help with outreach and special projects. If you have a skill that you would like to contribute, we encourage your participation!
CHCSA is an all-volunteer organization. We are managed by a dedicated group of individuals, known as the Core group. Each member has a specific role and responsibilities and spends significant time making sure that the CSA runs smoothly.
The 2018 Core Members are:
- Ruth Katcher, Head Coordinator
- Sarah Chinn, Distribution Manager
- Stephen Narloch, Distribution Manager
- Rachael Maingot, Distribution Manager
- Tymberly Canale, Treasurer
- Augustine Sasso, Treasurer
- Colby Sim, Volunteer Coordinator
- Megan Lighty, Communications Manager
- Evelyn Owen, Newsletter Editor
- Chelsea Frosini, Outreach Coordinator