It’s never too early to think about a summer CSA!

week 5 shareLet’s face it- it’s freezing! We have had some of the coldest days this winter season. And with more snow on the horizon, even if you like winter weather, it’s still nice to think about being warmer. And if you can agree, let’s snuggle in with the Central Brooklyn CSA and look forward to the warm distribution nights we have ahead of us this year.  The following are a few of the updates on the progress and plans we have made so far:

1. As fortune would have it, the Hebron SDA Church (at 1256 Dean Street) has welcomed us back for 2013 distribution.

2.  The 2013 season will run from June 13 through November 7 and our distribution day and times will continue to be on Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:30.

windflowerfarm3. Jan and Ted Blomgren from Windflower Farm will return as our farmers. In addition to the vegetable share, they will be also be offering us fruit, egg and flower shares. As a reminder, Jan and Ted farm organically and are certified by NOFA.D fruit shares will be available on a sliding scale based on income.

4. More details about share prices and options will be made available in the near future! We will also have membership forms for this season made available in the next month or so.

If you have any questions or would like to take on a core group role, email us at for more information.

CORE GROUP MEMBERS NEEDED:  We could use help with different levels of organization and coordination including membership outreach, coordinating weekly distribution, and event planning! In the past, such volunteers have been able to receive benefits for their much needed and appreciated assistance. Think about it and contact us over the next few months and throughout the season if you’re interested.

Looking forward to a great season!

CBCSA Membership Agreement Form 2013

Read All About Our Egg Share!

Good news, we have an egg share for the CSA. Our egg shares will be provided by Nestor Tello, an egg producer in Coxsacki, NY. These natural brown eggs come from free range chickens that roam free in the pastures on Tellos Green Farm in Cosacki, NY. More information on the Tellos Green Farm coming soon. Don’t forget to sign up for your vegetable share CBCSA Membership Agreement Form 2013. Once you’ve purchased your vegetable share, you will be sent information on how to order the optional fruit, egg, and flower shares.

It’s That Time Again: Sign Up for the Central Brooklyn CSA’s 2012 Season!

We’ve finally gotten all our information together for the 2012 CSA season, (our 3rd CSA season) and are ready to start signing you up for your shares.

We have been busy behind the scenes and would like to report about a few changes for this season, which was brought about because of membership feedback from the surveys and conversations during last season’s distributions:

1. Our farmer has changed! Victor Pavia and El Mirador Farm will be working with another CSA in East New York (where he is much needed), and we will now be working with Ted and Jan Blomgren from Windflower Farm, both seasoned CSA farmers. They will also offer our CSA some additional items like fruit and flowers as well. Jan and Ted farm organically and are certified by NOFA. More information coming to the Blog soon.

2. We are also in the process of looking for an egg share for the CSA. Remember, after you sign up for your veggie share, you will receive information about these extra items and how to purchase them.

3. Important reminder, we are a volunteer-run organization, and we need you! There are a number of key core group roles open, and we would love to have you join us in organizing and running the CSA. See below:

Outreach Coordinator(s): The outreach coordinators will assist in recruiting new members, handling publicity, answering phone and mail queries, and working on these projects during the off season. Multiple people can be involved in this effort.

Newsletter Editor(s): The newsletter editor will collaborate with the core group, farmer, and members to get newsletter material. This should be compiled, formatted, and edited at least two times a month, ideally every week. This could be a revolving responsibility among several members.

Volunteer Coordinator: This person is responsible for setting up and maintaining the weekly schedule for members to volunteer at the distribution site and contacting the volunteers each week to confirm shifts.

Distribution Site Coordinators: This person oversees the weekly veggie distributions, including being onsite when the farmer unloads the truck and making sure the distribution site is cleaned up at the end of each distribution. This role should also be a revolving responsibility among 2 or 3 members.

Please keep in mind that we have a limited amount of shares to go around, so if you want a share for the 2012 season, don’t wait to purchase.

Click here for the 2012 membership agreement!

Thanks for wanting to be a part of our wonderful CSA, hope to see you for the 2012 season.

Wait List Only for Low-Income Shares!

We have a limited number of shares available in the following Income levels:

Income above $50,000

Full share —– $485
Half Share —– $240

Income between $35,000 and $50,000

Full share ——– $440
Half share ——- $220

All other income levels are wait list only!

Download the membership agreement here!

See you all at the Farmer Meet and Greet on Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 1256 Dean St., Hebron SDA Church

Light refreshments will be served. Don’t miss this chance to purchase your veggie share and sign up for your extra items!

Meet Your Farmer and Sign Up For a Share!


Meet Victor of El Mirador Farm to hear about how things are growing this year and ask questions about your share.  If you haven’t joined yet, you can sign up in-person!  Feel free to invite  family and friends and don’t forget to spread the word about our CSA.


Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.


1256 Dean St., Hebron SDA Church

Light refreshments will be served. See you there!

Sign Up at Celebrate Earth at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum!

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is Celebrating Earth this weekend with great activities and learning experiences for kids:

Celebrate Earth
Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, 2011, 9:30am-5pm
Celebrate the planet we call home! Learn about the amazing plants, animals and people that live here. Participate in activities to keep yourself and the planet healthy and strong.

The Central Brooklyn CSA will be having an activity table on Sunday from 10-4, where kids can draw their favorite vegetables. Parents can learn about the CSA, ask questions and sign up in-person!

Find out more!

Sign Up For A Share at the CDSC Community Health & Wellness Fair!

Come visit the Central Brooklyn CSA table at the Child Development Support Corporation Community Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 9 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at:

Child Development Support Corporation
352-358 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Take advantage of this opportunity to get free health care, pre-screened for Food Stamps and purchase your CSA share all at the same time.

Health care services that will be available include an Ask-A-Doctor Session, Shape Up New York, Hemoglobin AIC & Blood Glucose Screening, massages, glaucoma screenings and a mobile mammography van. There will be fun activities too, like raffle prizes, face-painting, activities for children, and refreshments.

Hope to see you there!

We Still Have Shares Available!

We still have shares available for purchase for the 2011 season.

Thanks and welcome to everyone who have already signed up! We are proud of the opportunity our CSA provides for members of our community to eat well for less, and want to make sure that everyone who is interested in becoming a member has a chance to do so.

If you are interested but have questions or financial concerns, please contact us. If you sent in your deposit and membership agreement and want to make sure we received it, email us at and we will get back to you right away. Click here to download a membership agreement.

Here’s to a delicious 2011 harvest.

Getting Ready for the New Season!

With all of this cold weather, it’s hard to imagine a nice summer evening veggie distribution, but it’s already time to start gearing up! Here is some exciting information about the upcoming season:

1. We are very fortunate that Hebron SDA Church (at 1256 Dean Street) has welcomed us back for 2011, so we will be at the same location as last year.

2. BUT: our distribution day changed! Our new distribution day will be Thursdays, from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

3. AND: our farmer has changed as well! We sorrowfully say goodbye to MimoMex, but due to our day change, we will now be working with Victor Pavia and El Mirador farm! Read about Victor here on our blog.

4. Thanks to our nonprofit partner, the NYC Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH), both vegetable AND fruit shares will be available on a sliding scale based on income.

5. So now it’s time to start signing up! Please complete the Membership Agreement located here and send in your payment or deposit (if applicable) before March 31 to make sure you get a share. Remember, its first come, first serve, so send yours in now!

If you have any questions or would like to take on a core group role, email us at for more information.

Looking forward to a great 2011 season!

CSAs and the Struggle for SNAP Members

There is a great article mentioning Central Brooklyn CSA on City Limits which discusses CSAs, farmer’s markets, and the struggle to find high-quality food in low-income neighborhoods. Check it out here.