FAQ

The Red Hook Community Farm at the height of the growing season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. What is Community Supported Agriculture?

Traditionally, CSA projects are bridges built between urban consumers and rural farmers. This bridge brings high-quality organic food to the city limits while offering support to struggling regional farmers.

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2. How does it work?

When you join a CSA, you are purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a farmer, paying for your entire season of produce up front.  This early payment provides the farmer with the capital needed to get the growing season started.

For more information on CSAs, visit Just Foods.

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3. From which farm does Red Hook CSA get its produce?

The Red Hook Community Farm, located in Red Hook, Brooklyn, at Columbia and Beard streets.

The nonprofit organization Added Value turned a dilapidated playground into a 2.75-acre  center for urban agriculture. Food grown here is distributed to the Red Hook CSA,  sold at weekly farmers’ markets and to local restaurants, and donated to those in need.  The Farm provides sustenance to residents, creates meaningful work for neighborhood teens, generates economic activity and improves the health and well-being of our community.

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4. How much comes in a share?

Each week you take home roughly six to ten items worth $11 to $20, depending on your share option.

A “full” share provides enough vegetables for a family or for two vegetarians. A “small”  share is good for a single or couple.

Also available is a weekly share of eggs and fruit, which includes berries, peaches, grapes, apples, plums and more.

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5. What types of vegetables will I receive?

It will vary based on what is in season. Each week’s “crop” will be posted on the Collard Courier by Friday afternoon.

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6. When do I pick up my share?

When you sign up for the CSA, you can choose whether you’d like to pick up your share on Wednesday evenings at Pioneer Works, from 6pm-8pm, or on Saturdays at the Red Hook Community Farm between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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7. What happens if I can’t pick up my share?

You can have a friend or another Red Hook CSA member pick up your share for you. Unfortunately, the CSA cannot hold your produce and all leftover shares are donated to local charities and food banks.

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8. How much does a share cost?

Pricing information is available here.

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9. You talk about Added Value. What is that?

In the most basic sense, Added Value is the nonprofit group that started the farm. In the broader sense Added Value promotes the sustainable development of Red Hook by nurturing a new generation of young leaders. AV works toward this goal by creating opportunities for the youth of South Brooklyn to expand their knowledge base, develop new skills and positively engage with their community through the operation of a socially responsible urban farming enterprise.

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