Join the Core Group

We are seeking new members for the Central Brooklyn CSA Core Group.

Our Core Values are:

  • Food Justice
  • Healthy
  • Sustainable
  • Accessible
  • Known/Local Source
  • Community
  • Cooperative/Non-Profit
  • Local Relationships
  • Inclusive/Welcoming
  • Visionary/Expansive
  • Culture
  • Joy – Fun – Friendliness – Love
  • Authenticity – Integrity – Respect
  • Trust – Fairness – Social Justice – Human
  • Openness – Transparency – Communication

Our responsibility to our community is to set pricing and manage distribution, honoring the needs of our community.

Our responsibility to the farm is to communicate our needs, set expectations, and respond to what they need, as we collaborate on managing membership in our CSA.

Our responsibility to ourselves as a core group is to communicate clearly, using sustainable practices that honor our capacity as a whole.

Core group members are responsible for:

  • Overseeing site coordination 4-5 times per season
  • Attending meetings approximately monthly (year-round)
  • Helping promote the CSA
  • Supporting the CSA through a variety of activities that may include: outreach, community events, volunteer coordination, writing the newsletter, coordinate with the farm, or other activities.

Core group members receive a half share of vegetables for their service.

If you are interested in joining the core group, contact us at centralbrooklyncsa@gmail.com

Meet our Members, Elizabeth and Ernie

cbcsaElizabeth’s Italian grandmother calls the CSA “the Communism.”

“How’s the Communism?” she asks, phoning from her own vegetable garden in Long Island.

“The Communism” is doing fine, replies Elizabeth. No doubt her affirmative answer is accompanied by a smile as warm as that with which she recounts the exchange.

The Communism has been a topic of conversation for six years now, since Elizabeth joined the CSA organized by New York City Coalition Against Hunger. Elizabeth began her NYC CSA participation with the West Harlem CSA when she resided in West Harlem.

“I was looking for a way to get good and fresh vegetables and eat them at home,” explains Elizabeth. “Now I feel as if I’m cooking like my grandmother.”

The weekly basket of CSA vegetables inspired her to plan and prepare meals with an essential creativity. Elizabeth fed her enthusiasm back into the virtuous loop by committing her time and skills as a Core Group Member in West Harlem.

In 2010, Elizabeth moved from West Harlem to settle in Crown Heights with her husband, the writer Joshua Furst, and brought her passion for CSAs to the Central Brooklyn CSA. They take turns picking up the share or come together, and they continue to prepare and enjoy their favorite CSA dish of arugula salad with sliced kohlrabi, steak, and a dijon mustard vinaigrette. “We also really like strawberries with whipped cream,” Elizabeth divulges.

Elizabeth and her husband share responsibility for caring for their effervescent 8-month old son Ernie, switching several times each evening between cooking and caring for him. Nurturing Ernie has been more of a successful endeavor than tending the potted herbs from the CSA: they have all died. That Ernie’s health glows in comparison is an understatement.

“Ernie’s favorite veggie dish is sweet potato and celery root puree,” says Elizabeth. Ernie’s outgoing smile widens, strengthening his already-apparent promise as the Central Brooklyn CSA’s new cover boy. Perhaps he’ll grow up to be a farmer, muses Elizabeth, who readily admits her dream of yeoman farming will at most materialize into a small city plot. “Until then I’m thrilled to pick up veggies and continue doing what I most love– eating them!”

Elizabeth will also continue toting her CSA fennel, peppers and onions to her grandmother’s home in Long Island, to cook up a scrumptious-sounding Italian-American dinner. Her grandmother “loves it”– despite its Communist-root connotation.

Elizabeth’s Easy Sausage and Peppers with Fennel and Onions

Serves 2-4

4 big links of sausage (pork sausage is best)

2 or 3 long green peppers (you can also use red, green and orange bell peppers, if you want)

1 fennel bulb

1 large or 2 small onions

Olive oil

Salt (kosher salt or sea salt is good, anything coarse)

Pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Chop the fennel bulb and onion(s) into medium-sized wedges. Don’t chop finely! Slice the peppers in half longways, and scoop out the seeds. Slice the pepper in half again (longways), and then cut the entire thing in half along the middle. Cut the sausage links into smaller pieces, if desired (I usually cut each link into 3 pieces). Put the onions, fennel, peppers and sausage into a roasting pan, and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss the vegetables and sausage until they are lightly coated with oil, salt and pepper, and put into the oven. Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the vegetables soften. Remove from the oven and put the roasting pan under the broiler. The pan should stay under the broiler for about 10-15 minutes, until the sausage is browned and the vegetables are caramelized in a delicious broth of sausage juices and olive oil. Throughout the time under the broiler, pull out the pan every 4-5 minutes or so and turn the sausages with a wooden spoon, so that all sides get browned and nothing burns. Serve with some good thick bread, or in a hero. Alternatively, you could toss the sausage,  fennel and pepper mix with penne pasta– just add a little butter and parmesan or pecorino romano cheese to make the sauce really indulgent!

Shares are still available

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And we are still accepting membership agreements for shares.  If you’re interested in the Central Brooklyn CSA, please send in your membership agreement soon.

Also, start thinking about whether you can be a part of the Core Group for this CSA.  By being a part of the Core Group you get great experience coordinating and benefits from distribution for taking on the responsibility.

Membership Forms

apple treeThe wait is over, it’s time to start signing up for your summer CSA shares. Download the CBCSA Membership Agreement Form 2013(Wait List Only)

 

We can’t wait to see you this summer.  And it’s never too late to become a core group member!

CBCSA Brochure 2013

Volunteered Yet?

Volunteers are vital to the operation of our CSA, as we are a member-run organization. If you haven’t been able to fulfill your volunteer hours yet this season, there is still time! Please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Richelle Trivedi, at rickyrae@gmail.com to ask how you can help.

If you can’t make it to a volunteering slot during distribution, there are lots of other ways to help out. Richelle can help you find a volunteer activity that will fit your schedule.

You can also learn more on our volunteering page.

This Week in the Central Brooklyn CSA

This is what is going on this week in our Central Brooklyn CSA.

Hey Friends,

This week is a busy one for our CSA so we thought it prudent to remind everyone of when and where things are going on.

Week of 2 August 2010

Tuesday – We are posting this week’s expected harvest on our blog.

Wednesday – Share Distribution (4-7:30pm); Cooking Demonstration (5-7pm) at Hebron SDA Church.

Thursday – August Planning Team Meeting at LaunchPad workspace at 7pm. (LaunchPad is located at 721 Franklin Ave, on the corner of Park Place.)

Friday– Our “Weekend Cooking Blog” returns!

Don’t forget you can have Central Brooklyn updates sent directly to you: email subscribe to this blog, join our Facebook group, and/ or follow us on twitter.

Join the Central Brooklyn Planning Team!

Did you know that there is a Planning Team which works on tasks involving the direction, and day-to-day running of the CSA?  If not, we invite you to attend our next meeting on Thursday, August 5th.  We’ll be meeting at 7 PM at LaunchPad, a meeting space at 721 Franklin Ave (on the corner of Park Place).  At this meeting we will be discussing the direction of the CSA, including newsletter design, event planning, volunteer coordination, farmer communication, and community building.

Getting involved with the Planning Team is a great way to fulfill your volunteer hours if you are unable to volunteer at distribution.  If you have any feedback on your experience with the CSA, or if you would just like to be more involved, please consider attending!  Any questions can be fielded to Maia at CentralBrooklynCSA@gmail.com, or to J.T. at jtcrockett@gmail.com.