HAWTHORNE VALLEY FARM RIVERDALE CSA Volunteering: All shareholders must work for grown fruit in season. It is offered through the
approximately five (5) hours per season at the dis- cooperation of 3 farms to provide a greater
SHARE INFORMATION MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION tribution site on pick up days. Shifts are: 2-4:45 variety of fruits. You receive fruit as it rip-
This year the share price for a single vegeta- By joining the Riverdale CSA, you become part of a PM, 4:30—7:15PM, 6:30-8 PM (this last shift re- ens — this means you will NOT necessar-
ble share is $500.00. The price of the share is unique long-term partnership that connects our quires a car.) ily receive it each week. If shortfalls occur in
broken down in the following way: members & our urban community to ecologically one fruit variety, other fruit from one of the
Core Committee: You can help lead and chart
produced food, regional family farmers, & each three contributing farms may be substituted.
the future direction of our CSA by participating as
$415.00 - cost of the vegetables other. Our community events, such as a spring open Delivery begins with strawberries in June and
a member of the Core Committee. By joining this
$ 60.00 - price per share for trucking house, offer you opportunities to learn more about ends with apples in the fall. Fruit Shares con-
group, which manages the CSA’s operations, you
$ 25.00 - Riverdale administration fee OR our CSA & these connections. The CSA reaches sists of an assortment of the following fruits:
can fulfill your work requirement. For more infor-
$ 40.00 - Riverdale administration fee for further into the community through a project that it strawberries, blueberries, nectarines &/or
mation, contact us at 718-549-8100 x 129.
each share being split. created & is committed to sustaining in partnership peaches, plums, pears, and apples.
with the Riverdale Neighborhood House Teen Pro- Split shares: “Officially,” we do not sell half Thompson-Finch Farm is a small family-run
The Fruit Share will include strawberries, blue- shares. However, you may make your own arrange-
berries, peaches or nectarines, plums, and ap- gram. The program introduces local young people farm specializing in organically grown fruit. It
to nutritious fresh produce, provides cooking in- ments by finding a partner to “unofficially” split is located in Ancram, NY. Proprietors Don &
ples. There is a set amount of fruit in each your share. If you choose to share, one person
share. You receive fruit as it ripens — this struction, and, when possible, includes a visit to the Marnie MacLean worked closely with Haw-
farm. In addition, every week the CSA contributes must be designated as primary shareholder, taking thorne Valley Farm in the creation of the Fruit
means you will not receive it each week. responsibility for all payments to the Farm. Each
(See other side for details.) surplus produce to a local soup kitchen and pantry. Share & provide strawberries & apples which
The Riverdale CSA was established in 1996 in col- partner must note his/her name, address, and Certified Organic by NOFA-NY.
laboration with Riverdale Neighborhood House. phone number on the contract. For two house-
The price of a fruit share $160.00 Hepworth Farm is a 7th-generation family
holds splitting one share, each household agrees to
A vegetable+fruit share s $660.00 farm in Milton, NY. For 20 years, Amy Hep-
Becoming a member: The CSA is dependent on fulfill the volunteer obligation of at least five (5)
If you are able, we ask that you pay for your the energy and active participation of its members. hours at the site. If you are splitting a share, the worth has been at the forefront of the effort
entire vegetable or vegetable + fruit share up Before purchasing a share of organic vegetables first person to arrive on site must pick up a full to reduce chemical use in fruit growing. The
front. Pre-payment is a great help to our winter from Hawthorne Valley Farm (HVF), read and share and leave the split share bagged and labeled farm provides peaches or nectarines and
cash flow. If this is not possible, a payment sign the Riverdale CSA Membership Agreement for his/her partner. There is a Riverdale admini- plums for the Fruit Share.
schedule for installments is outlined in the Con- (a separate sheet). Once a member, you then have stration fee of $40 total for each split share. Grindstone Farm is located Pulaski, NY
tract. the opportunity to special order organic HVF dairy and is the farm of Dick and Victoria De-
and baked goods and/or sign up with selected Graff, who provide blueberries for the Fruit
Please send your contract with your full or small-scale farmers for shares of ecologically-grown Share. They have been farming organically
first payment. This year you may also regis- fruit, flowers, meat, poultry, and eggs. (See individ-
since 1981, and the farm has been Certified
ter and make payments online. Visit us at ual brochures for details.)
Organic by NOFA-NY since 1988.
www.hawthornevalleyfarm.org and go to the
Picking up your share: Every Thursday from Subsidized shares: The Riverdale CSA offers a Cost of Fruit Share —$160.00
CSA page under departments. If you opt for
about mid-June to early November, the farm deliv- limited number of subsidized shares for families
installments, we will inform you when each HAWTHORNE VALLEY FARM
one is due. We appreciate your promptness ers to our outdoor distribution site at Riverdale who find it difficult to afford the full cost of a
Neighborhood House, 5521 Mosholu Avenue. You share. If you would like to request an application PRE-ORDER
in making payments. Your support allows
the rest of us to do our most important must pick up your share between 3:30 and 6:45 p.m. for the subsidy program, please call 718-549- Our bread, baked goods, yogurt, cheese, and
work . . . raising healthy vegetables for you. and pack it in your own bags or containers. At 6:45 8100,ext. 129 or email: CSA@Riverdaleonline.org quark will again be available through weekly
p.m. sharp, any items not picked up are delivered to pre-ordering of desired items, by completing
FRUIT SHARE 2009
“Part of the Solution” (POTS), a Bronx emergency an order form with advance check or PayPal
food program. The FRUIT SHARE is an additional, pre-paid payment. Orders will be processed only
share that provides fresh organic or ecologically when the Pre-Order payment is correct.
HAWTHORNE VALLEY WHAT IS CSA? In this way, as CSA shareholders, you are help-
ing to support farmers within a whole growing
FARM CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. region — farmers using sustainable growing
Season 2009 CSA is a unique partnership between a specific methods.
farm and a consumer. Membership in our CSA
means receiving a share of the weekly garden har- CSA is not like shopping at the supermarket.
Community Supported vest of Hawthorne Valley Farm. It also means Your weekly share will be comprised of vege-
coming to know and understand the life of this tables grown in season . . . so you may have to
Agriculture particular farm and supporting the farmers in their wait for a tomato until the high summer
Riverdale efforts to grow healthy, nutritious food in a way
that is environmentally responsible.
months. But you will learn to enjoy a wider
variety of vegetables that are in season for the
“Established in 1996” geographical area you live in. And by so doing,
The rewards of CSA membership are great. you will come into a closer connection with
Learning to eat seasonally, cooking and preserving the climate and nature of the Northeast.
new and interesting vegetables, celebrating the
growing season through special membership THE BENEFITS OF CSA
events on the farm, and most of all, coming to feel
a sense of connection with Hawthorne Valley are
all the results of lively CSA membership.
Receiving fresh, seasonal food . . .
Hawthorne Valley Farm actively works with a Enjoying food that is chemical free and of
number of other growers to insure that you high quality . . .
receive the highest quality and widest variety Supporting regional, sustainable farms . . .
of vegetables in your weekly share. Helping the environment to stay healthy
This season, your carrots will come from a
and unpolluted . . .
Getting acquainted with a piece of land
Vegetables * Dairy Products FARM
ber of organic and or biodynamic farms besides that you are helping to steward by visiting
Baked Goods * Fruit Hawthorne Valley including: Fellgarth Farm, Rox- and enjoying it recreationally . . .
bury Farm and Red Fire Farm. The farmers are
Learning to cook and preserve seasonal
friends and in most cases neighbors of Hawthorne
SEASON 2009 HAWTHORNE VALLEY
Valley and we can assure you of the high quality of
vegetables. . .
their production methods. Your potatoes will Developing a growing sense of commu-
nity through membership in the CSA . . .
Hawthorne Valley Farm come from Thompson-Finch Farm (who is one of
This chart gives an idea as to the vegetables grown and
their availability; vegetables and their harvest schedules 327 Route 21C Community Supported
our growers for your fruit share); your string beans Helping to support the growth of the local
will come from Markristo Farm. All these are and regional rural economy . . .
will vary with weather and growing conditions. Ghent, NY 12075
CSA Contact: Margo Mullein Feron
neighboring, certified organic growers who pro-
(518) 672-4465 ext 105 in Riverdale
vide the vegetables we find difficult to grow on
our soil. Our corn is provided by Kinderhook
Riverdale Core Committee: Creek Farm, also a neighboring grower, al-
718-549-8100 ext 129 though NOT an organic farmer. In addition,
those of you interested in fruit and flower shares
will be working with many other of our neighbors.