Community Supported Agriculture Program
Why New Haven Farms?
New Haven Farms is a non-profit organization working to promote health and community development through urban agriculture. We work with community partners to address the issues of food insecurity, and chronic diet related issues through lifestyle change education. Our signature Farm-Based Wellness Program provides healthy produce, nutrition, and cooking education to neighborhood families at risk for or struggling with chronic disease. Our programs could not exist without your support. Through purchasing a CSA share with us, you are not only guaranteeing a healthier 20 weeks for you and your family, but you are also providing healthy food and education to families in need.
What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a model of food distribution that creates a mutually beneficial relationship between a community and its local farmers. Families or individuals become members of the farm by purchasing a share of the harvest. This fee goes to support the farm in growing over 30 varieties of crops, which in turn get distributed each week in abundance back to the shareholders.
The CSA Experience
By choosing to participate in our Community Supported Agriculture Program, you make a powerful commitment to purchase local produce that positively impacts our local economy, personal health, and environment. Each week you will bring home a fresh basket of vegetables, according to what is in season that week on the farm. This basket may contain unfamiliar vegetables and expose you and your family to new and healthy eating options. You will learn about eating seasonally, becoming more in tune with the New England farming calendar. The New Haven Farms CSA is unique as all of the food is grown within the city of New Haven. We are a true urban farm, growing food in otherwise abandoned spaces in the city; bringing fresh food, garden and environmental education and neighborhood revitalization to areas in need. We build our farms using compost and topsoil from outside of the city, ensuring the highest quality soil medium. CSA members will be invited to open farm work days providing further opportunity to be connected with your food. You will receive weekly emails from Jacqueline Maisonpierre, the Farm Director, with weekly harvest and farm updates as well as relevant recipes and vegetable storage tips.
Each week upon pick-up you will see the progress of the farm, exposing you and your family to the beauty and magic of food production. By buying CSA produce shares, shareholders join their farmer in the risks associated with food production. Each year, some crops exceed our expectations with a boom season, providing more than we could have possibly predicted, while another crop does not yield as planned for, leading to smaller harvests. We as farmers mitigate this risk by growing over thirty types of crops and many varieties of each crop.
- Tuesday OR Thursday farm pick up 6:30-7:30
Farm members pick up their weekly shares at Phoenix Press Farm, located at 15 James Street in the Fair Haven neighborhood of New Haven, CT.
- Wednesday pick up at mActivity 5-7pm
Farm members pick up their weekly shares at the mActivity Fitness Center at 285 Nicoll Street, New Haven, CT.
Upon registration, members choose which day works best for them and maintain this pick-up day throughout the season.
Full Share – $800
Half Share – $425
Our CSA program runs for 20 weeks from June through October. The exact start date will be determined by the weather. We will notify members of the start date two weeks before the first pick-up. By buying into our CSA program you are investing in the work we do, a portion of your fee goes towards subsidizing CSA shares for families who both live below the federal poverty line and suffer from diet-related chronic disease risks.
How to sign up?
Our CSA program for the 2017 season is full. Please direct all questions to our Farm Director, Jacqueline Maisonpierre: firstname.lastname@example.org.
List of Crops
Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cherry Tomatoes, Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Fennel, Garlic, Herbs, Hot Peppers, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Scallions, Shallots, String Beans, Summer Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Turnips.
Full shares average between 7 and 12 items per week providing enough produce for a family of four for the week. Half shares are half the volume containing between 4 and 7 items providing enough produce for two people for the week. Each week expect to get salad greens and braising greens as well as other veggies. We will equip you with recipes to inspire your week’s cooking, keeping you and your family healthy and happy.
Is New Haven Farms Certified Organic?
While New Haven Farms is not certified organic, we practice organic farming methods. Jacqueline Maisonpierre is a committed organic farmer with six seasons of organic farm experience in New England. New Haven Farms has signed CT NOFA’s Farmer’s pledge.
For any further information with regards to our growing practices please do hesitate to contact Jacqueline: email@example.com.