Prospect Heights Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) connects a farmer in upstate New York to people like us in Brooklyn who want to buy his fresh organic vegetables. CSA members pay him at the beginning of the growing season so he can buy seeds and equipment and pay his workers, and for 22 weeks (June to November) each member brings home their “share” of what he grows from a weekly pickup at P.S. 9. The CSA also offers eggs, fruit, flowers, meat, and more.
Each pickup includes 6-10 different organic veggies, depending on what’s in season. We get everything from lettuce, collard greens, and bok choy in June to beets, corn, and tomatoes in August, with lots of potatoes and squash in the fall.
The cost is on a sliding scale based on income, and the CSA also offers payment plans and financial aid for members who need it. It also accepts SNAP for vegetable shares. You can get this year’s prices at prospectheightscsa.org. In addition, every member works one or two workshifts during the season to help make the CSA work. The workshifts (2 hours and 15 minutes each) are on Thursday afternoons and evenings.
Pickups are at P.S. 9 on Thursdays from 4:30pm to 7:30pm, either in the cafeteria or the garden depending on the time of year.
You can sign up to become a member at prospectheightscsa.org starting Thursday, March 30th. Spots are limited and are first come first served, so don’t wait!