2013 Registration Closed
Thank you to everyone who has signed up for 2013 shares. It’s fantastic to see so much support in our neighborhood for small farmers! We are now closing registration for the 2013 season.
Based on our experience from past seasons, some shares will likely open up between now and June. In this case we will offer shares to our waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you would like to be added to our waitlist for shares, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Your CSA Core Group: Caroline
Name: Caroline Nagy
What is your role in the Prospect Park CSA? I work on our website and social media (so I am actually interviewing myself right now!). In the past I’ve also worked on community outreach, and most importantly I am a happy consumer of our CSA’s delicious food!
Why did you decide to become involved with the CSA? I really love cooking and eating delicious food, and thought that joining a CSA would be a fantastic way to do this while also supporting a family farm and getting to know my neighbors. Plus, getting new vegetables that I wouldn’t usually buy through the CSA has really expanded my repertoire as a cook. Kohlrabi doesn’t even intimidate me anymore! Also, my partner Anthony helped start Prospect Park CSA as its founding treasurer, so the CSA kind of came to me.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with Prospect Park CSA? I work for Citizens’ Committee for Children, a nonprofit that advocates for New York City children, where I do research, public education, and advocacy regarding housing and homelessness issues. In my free time I love biking, food, hiking, going to concerts in parks, local politics, animals in general, and my two cats in particular.
What’s your favorite place in our neighborhood? The Brooklyn Botanic Garden! Followed by Chavelas, Washington Commons, and the Brooklyn Yoga Collective.
What’s your favorite dish to make with CSA produce? Summer: caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes. Fall: butternut squash and black bean enchiladas. Winter: Leek and potato soup.
Come by our preseason meetup, tonight, at The Saint Catherine, from 6 to 8 PM. (Please note the changed location!)
Meet Your CSA Core Group: Candace
Name: Candace Thompson
What is your role in the Prospect Park CSA? Afternoon delivery Site Coordinator and Weekly-reminder-email-sender
Why did you decide to become involved with the CSA? I used to be a Site Coordinator and Treasurer for the East Williamsburg CSA, but two years back Troy and Susan at Fountain mentioned that they were going to be hosting a new location and that the Core Group was in need of afternoon distro help. I offered to switch over and come help them out, as my schedule is pretty flexible and I always need an excuse for a good afternoon bike ride. So here I am!
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with Prospect Park CSA? I’m a performer and video maker and I freelance in various aspects of video production.
What’s your favorite place in our neighborhood? Well, I’m not really an expert as I still live in Bushwick, but I’ve def got my sights set on making P Heights home one of these days! You can often see me at Fountain’s art openings, the Jamaican juice bar on Washington, or at Chavelas tearing it up on some tacos.
What’s your favorite dish to make with CSA produce? Favorite dish with CSA bounty? We don’t have AC in our loft, so we grill out almost every night in summer on our porch. We make some pretty mean grilled veggie tacos, grilled pizzas and veggie kebabs. I’m looking forward to this season. Scurvy has just about set in
Prospect Park CSA 2013: Registration Open!
Meet Your CSA Core Group: Tim
Name: Tim Reitzes
What is your role in the Prospect Park CSA? My primary role in the CSA is managing workshift sign-up and scheduling.
Why did you decide to become involved with the CSA? I was a former member of the Prospect Heights CSA and tried to sign up again a few years ago only to be thrown on their wait-list. The core group there put me in touch with some other wait-listed folks. We scheduled a meeting at Soda Bar, talked through some logistics, assigned roles, argued over our name, founded Prospect Park CSA, and never looked back.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with Prospect Park CSA? I’m a researcher and designer at an Education Technology non-profit in the city, and a fledgeling freelance User Experience designer. I’m also working on publishing a photo book about authentic “slice-and-a-coke” New York City pizzerias. Check it out at http://nypizzaproject.com.
What’s your favorite place in our neighborhood? My favorite place in the neighborhood has got to be the Halfcourt Bar on Washington and Park Place, especially during basketball season. It’s where I go to watch the Knicks.
What’s your favorite dish to make with CSA produce? Favorite dish with CSA bounty? That’s a tough one, but nothing says summer to me like a Dinosaur Kale Salad with homemade Caesar dressing (using CSA egg yolks of course). Also, grilled [insert vegetable here] is pretty good.
Meet your CSA Core Group: Marci
Name: Marci Lieber
What is your role in the Prospect Park CSA? My primary role in the CSA is managing the email@example.com inbox. I also spent some time during our first season doing outreach for Plan C members.
Why did you decide to become involved with the CSA? I had been on the wait list for the Prospect Heights CSA for a couple years so as soon as I heard that someone was interested in forming a second CSA for the neighborhood I jumped right in and volunteered to help get it started. I had wanted to be a part of a CSA for obvious reasons… it’s hard to get great, fresh produce around here. The farmer’s markets are pretty pricey and this is a great way to eat delicious food at a lower cost. It’s also great knowing that you’re supporting a nearby farm alongside a community of other people.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with Prospect Park CSA? In my non-CSA life, I’m a social worker who works part-time doing outreach and education for a non-profit adoption agency. Primarily, though, I spend most of my days raising my 2 1/2 year old son, Theo.
What’s your favorite place in our neighborhood? My favorite place in the neighborhood is probably my home! (and I do really like The Winey Neighbor).
What’s your favorite dish to make with CSA produce? My favorite dish… hmmm, I absolutely love making a salad nearly every Tuesday evening during CSA season with the delicious lettuce, radishes and tomatoes. In the fall, I love to make my famous potato leek soup.
Meet Your CSA Core Group: Anthony
Name: Anthony Mohen
What is your role in the Prospect Park CSA? I’m the Treasurer, which means I send the invoices, make sure members have paid on time, and manage our bank account. I handle most things related to registration and member accounts, so if you ever want to make changes to your share selections or ask any questions about payments I’m the one to talk to.
Why did you decide to become involved with the CSA? I had wanted to join a CSA in the Prospect Heights/Crown Heights area for several years but was always waitlisted, and Elena (who I know from volunteering with Transportation Alternatives) invited me to help her start this one. Joining a CSA always appealed to me because I like the idea of eating seasonally and learning to cook vegetables that I would otherwise overlook. I also was interested in joining the core group because it was an opportunity to meet and work with other people in the neighborhood.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with Prospect Park CSA? I work as a foreclosure prevention attorney for a nonprofit in Bed Stuy, and I also volunteer with 596 Acres and have a small law practice that serves local community groups and businesses. In my spare time I help with gardening and composting at the Roger That! garden, and spend time with my girlfriend and our two cats.
What’s your favorite place in our neighborhood? I love walking through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, especially in the spring (which is almost here!).
What’s your favorite dish to make with CSA produce? We make a delicious pie by shredding our summer squash, mixing with egg and baking in a pan topped with melted cheese. It’s the best way to use summer squash!
Meet your CSA Core Group: Laura
What is your role in the Prospect Park CSA? Do anything that needs to be done? I was a work shift coordinator the first two years and I’m still helping to manage volunteer work shifts as well as doing other things to make sure the CSA runs smoothly, like managing our materials, members lists and distribution protocols.
Why did you decide to become involved with the CSA? I had been a member of other CSAs and was really excited for a new CSA to start up in our neighborhood. I believe in supporting local NY state farmers and in delicious produce. Getting involved with starting Prospect Park CSA was a great way to both make sure I got my own access to a vegetable and fruit share and to make this possible for others in our neighborhood. It has also turned into a great way for me to educate friends and family about CSAs and the importance of eating locally.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with Prospect Park CSA? I am the Director of Student Opportunities for The Urban Assembly, an education non-profit organization that manages 21 small public middle and high schools in NYC. My responsibilities include making sure our students are connected to meaningful summer and after school programs for youth development and help prepare them for college and careers. My best times are spent with my husband, Gabe and our very active toddler, Emory. I also love cooking, eating, wine, running, traveling, golf, and yoga.
What’s your favorite place in our neighborhood? This is a tough one. I LOVE Prospect Heights and there are so many great options, but I think I might have to say Prospect Park…but Blue Marble is a close second.
What’s your favorite dish to make with CSA produce? Last summer, I really got into making popsicles. It was such a fun treat to have and an easy way to utilize an overabundance of produce like peaches and cucumbers and save it (freeze it) for a rainy day.
Meet your CSA hosts: Troy and Susan
Name: Susan Gargiulo & Troy Hagenbart
What is your role in the Prospect Park CSA? Founders/owners of Fountain Studios [our CSA pickup site] as well as Afternoon Delivery Site Coordinators
Why did you decide to become involved with the CSA? Timing is everything! We had simply hoped to join the Prospect Heights CSA two summers ago but unfortunately membership was full. We were told to check back as they were looking for a location to open a new CSA in the neighborhood… As luck would have it we had the space and really wanted that CSA share!
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with Prospect Park CSA? Outside of running Fountain we are both artists with various day jobs. Troy is a sculptor moving towards sound and video art. He also does freelance art handling and construction work at a number of Chelsea Galleries and the Guggenheim Museum. Susan is an artist/designer focused mainly on her jewelry line, missmock.com. On week days she is the bookkeeper for a handful of local Bars and Restaurants.
What’s your favorite place in our neighborhood? Prospect Park.
What’s your favorite dish to make with CSA produce? Black Bean & Beet Burgers are our favorite go to recipe. They’re a great way to use up leftover cooking greens and root vegetables.