CBCSA 2nd Annual Harvest Picnic


Join us for a fall picnic with your fellow CSA members!

Please bring a dish or beverage to share and let us know what you plan on bringing on this form. Family, friends and dogs welcome!

When: Sunday, October 14th, 2018, 3 to 6 PM
Where: Brower Park (Meet at the SE corner, near the intersection of Park Place and Kingston Ave)

Meet our Member, Molly

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To say our CSA member Molly puts a lot on her plate might be the under-statement of this season.

Molly’s to-do list this autumn included, among others, celebrating her Vermont barn wedding with husband River; training for and completing the New York City Marathon; and registering for the Law School Admission Test.  That’s in addition to her full-time work for a civil rights non-profit, where she learned about CBCSA from her colleague and fellow CBCSA member Elizabeth.

“I thought it was such a cool concept,” says Molly, citing the appeal of becoming a member of an organization that enables access to organic, local vegetables for Brooklynites, no matter their income. “We should all eat our veggies.”The collective “we” hints at Molly’s social justice sensibility from which her CSA commitment stems. She later refers to the Martin Luther King, Jr. thesis that injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere.

Molly has expanded her CSA enthusiasm beyond that basic of eating veggies. At the beginning of the season, Molly shared her and her mother’s scrumptious recipe for Summer Squash with Montreal Seasoning, published in the newsletter. In September, she arranged a pick-up swap so as not to risk spoiling veggies while she was away for the  wedding, and shortly afterwards she carved out time for the conversation that informs this piece. Last week, Molly contributed her cheerfulness and solid work ethic during her distribution shift.

Once at home, in Crown Heights where Molly and River have lived for two and a half years, Molly appreciates the challenge of cooking with an abundance of seasonal vegetables. “It’s been an adventure for sure,” says Molly with a smile, identifying her go-to as tomato-onion-garlic. “I had never cooked chard before, for example. The CSA has caused me to branch out a lot.”

Branching out not only in her recipe repertoire, but to meet more neighbors was another factor that motivated Molly to sign up for CBCSA.  She said she looks forward to making the acquaintance of fellow members during the remainder of this season — and hopefully next season, too.

Deadlines extended!

We’re in such good spirits after the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center’s talent show this weekend! It’s giving us wind for our sails as we slide into the final month or so before the distribution season begins Thursday, June 13th!

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By the way, we’ve extended the deadline for purchasing Windflower Farm shares through the Central Brooklyn CSA. The deadline to submit your membership form and 10% deposit is now April 30th. The deadline to submit your full payment for your shares is now May 16th.

We hope the deadline extension is a relief to everyone!

CBCSA Membership Agreement Form 2013  (Wait List Only)

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.   If you’re interested, leave a comment or email at centralbrooklyncsa@gmail.com.

For examples of core group roles, 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.

Shares are going fast!

Week 02 ShareIt’s been amazing to see all the new spring buds sprouting.  They promise a beautiful summer!

We’re also excited about the members that have been joining us for the 2013 CSA season.  With our deadline quickly approaching for the 2013 season, we have 60% of our membership sold out! 

If you’re still waiting to register for the 2013 season, hesitate no longer because memberships are selling fast!

To make purchasing shares more convenient, this season we are happy to provide you with 2 options to purchase shares online. If you would like to purchase your share in full using a credit card go here. (Sold Out). Please note that if you choose to pay with a credit card, the share prices reflect additional credit card fees. If you prefer to pay by check or money order, or if you are purchasing a share with your Food Stamp/SNAP benefits, go here. (Sold Out)

We love to offer our members as many options as we can, when we can, so if you prefer downloading, completing and then mailing in your membership agreement, please go ahead: CBCSA Membership Agreement Form 2013. (Wait list Only)

ALSO-  We will be at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center THIS Saturday afternoon for the Annual Stop Shooting Start Living Talent Show!!  Join us!2013+TALENT+SHOW+FLYER+final+4

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

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 centralbrooklyncsa@gmail.com 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