WHAT’S A CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an alternative economic model of agriculture and food distribution in which neighbors join together to support a local farm by purchasing “shares” of the season’s harvest.
The Prospect Park CSA, founded in 2011, partners with Windflower Farm, a family-owned, organic farm in upstate New York. The farm is run by Ted and Jan Blomgren, their son Nate, and a small dedicated staff.
Each spring, PPkCSA members pay Ted and Jan for a share of their vegetable harvest. (Members can also add optional fruit, egg, maple, and grain shares.) The collective, up-front payment gives the Windflower Farm team the resources to get the season going, and it makes CSA members investors in the risks and rewards of sustainable food production. Then, throughout the 22-week season (June through early November), members receive their weekly share of the farm’s harvest, delivered each Thursday to our neighborhood distribution site (Murder of Crows Fitness, 1010 Dean Street).
The CSA is 100% volunteer-run. Every member pitches in by committing to one or two short work shifts per season (one for a half share, two for a full share). A core group of volunteer organizers manage registration, communication, logistics, and events.
SUMMER VS. WINTER SHARES
In addition to weekly shares during the regular growing season (June through early November), we offer a monthly winter share. The winter share is distributed one Saturday per month (November through February) and consists of a one-bushel box of hardy greens, root or storage vegetables, autumn fruits, cider, preserves, and more. Optional shares in the winter include eggs and maple products.
WHY JOIN OUR CSA?
As a Prospect Park CSA member, you’ll eat locally, seasonally and ultra-fresh. You’ll learn about how your food is grown and get recipes and storage tips. You’ll be invited to the annual Windflower Farm Potluck Open House and Camp-Out—a magical weekend of farm tours, swimming holes, and friendly guitar-picking around the campfire every August. You’ll be part of a community of neighbors with a common interest in food and sustainability. And you’ll pay far less per week (averaged over the season) than you would for comparable produce at a supermarket.
Joining a CSA also means being part of the food justice and sustainability movements. Industrial agriculture and factory farming are poisoning us and our planet, and for every dollar consumers spend on food in retail food stores and restaurants, farmers gets on average only 7.8 cents. Becoming a CSA member means supporting an alternative model that prioritizes human health, environmental conservation, sustainable practices, and small-scale farmers.
OUR MISSION & VALUES
At the Prospect Park CSA, our mission is to:
- Support small-scale, family farms in the New York region, prioritizing the work of Ted and Jan at Windflower Farm and neighboring producers they recommend.
- Foster community and trust amongst our members, farmers, peer CSAs and neighbors.
- Cultivate inclusiveness and diversity in our membership and organizing with an ethos of welcoming hospitality.
- Seek transparency in organizational decisions to synthesize the best solutions for Prospect Park CSA members and farmers Ted and Jan.
- Advance food justice, to the best of our abilities, with flexible pricing and payments, food pantry relationships, community bridging, and more.
MEET THE CORE GROUP
The Prospect Park CSA is a volunteer-run organization. Below is the core group of organizers who—alongside dedicated members working their shifts—make it all happen!
What’s your role with PPkCSA? Weekly email writer and inbox tender.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with the CSA? I’m an artist and land stewart. I manage Stuy Cove Park, a 2 acre native food forest in lower Manhattan, and love connecting people to the planet through food and storytelling.
Why did you become involved with the CSA? I’ve been in the CSA since it’s inception. I originally became involved because my friends Troy and Susan needed afternoon site coordinators.
What’s your favorite CSA vegetable? Tomatoes. Hands down. 4eva.
What’s your role with PPkCSA? New core group member this year.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with the CSA? When not volunteering with the CSA, I can be found working in theater. Either as a stage or production manager.
Why did you become involved with the CSA? I became involved with the CSA because I believe in supporting local farmers and love working distributions to see everyone’s excitement each week to receive such a bountiful share.
What’s your favorite dish to make with CSA produce? Hard to pick just one favorite dish to make with CSA produce so here’s a few: pasta salad with the summer squashes and cherry tomatoes, eggplant relish, or delicata squash lasagna (recipe from a fellow CSA member). Also can never go wrong with raw kohlrabi as a sweet and crunchy snack.
What is your role with PPkCSA? Work shift coordinator, overseeing distribution protocols and materials, and liaison to Farmer Ted.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with the CSA? I’m a chef, culinary instructor, and founder of Teaching Table, transforming local, seasonal foods—like our gorgeous CSA bounties!—into healthy-ish eats for all occasions. My best times are with my husband and two kids. I work out at Crow Hill Cross Fit, and I love cooking, eating, wine, yoga, gardening, the great outdoors and traveling. But mostly eating.
Why did you become involved with the CSA? I believe in supporting local farmers and in delicious produce. Helping launch Prospect Park CSA in 2011 was a way to ensure my access to a vegetable and fruit share and make access possible for others in our neighborhood.
What’s your favorite dish to make with CSA produce? Carrot bread, zucchini muffins, pumpkin pie and apple cake. Oh, and corn chowdah—cause I’m from New England.
What’s your role with PPkCSA? Registration, finances, and Lewis Waite liaison.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with Prospect Park CSA? I teach in NYU’s food studies program and consult with nonprofits working in food, arts and culture, social justice, open space and the environment.
Why did you become involved with the CSA? I’ve been a member since 2012. It’s important to me to support the kind of agriculture I believe in, and I’m a sucker for beautiful vegetables. My current work schedule is more flexible than in years past, so I figured it was a good time to get more involved.
What’s your favorite dish to make with CSA produce? It’s crazy in the heat of summer, but on Tuesday nights I crank up my oven and make cast-iron skillet pizza with whatever goodies Ted showered on us, followed by a bountiful breakfast salad the next morning.
What’s your role with PPkCSA? Site coordinator.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with the CSA? I manage a paper flower studio in the Bronx, and source hard-to-find botanicals for cosmetic companies. When I’m not doing that, I like to visit the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, work on my apartment terraces (can you tell I like plants?!), and ride my bike around different neighborhoods.
Why did you become involved with the CSA? I wanted to take better advantage of my flexible schedule and contribute more to my community. Plus I’m always striving to make environmentally conscious choices so this felt like an awesome way to do both.
What’s your favorite spot around the neighborhood? Mayfield – their food is delicious
What’s your role with PPkCSA? Social Media Manager.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with the CSA? High school music teacher.
Why did you become involved with the CSA? I love to eat locally sourced foods and wanted to be more involved in my community.
What’s your favorite dish to make with CSA produce? Corn tomato avocado salad. It’s so fresh and so summery!
What’s your role with PPkCSA?
I’m a new Core Member, and will be spending most of my shifts unloading the truck from the farm.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with the CSA?
I’m leading the effort to build Brooklyn Curling Center — New York City’s first dedicated curling facility. You know… the sport with the ice, the sweeping, and the yelling.
Why did you become involved with the CSA?
I’m really excited to eat great food from a farmer I know on a first-name basis. Also, unloading the produce truck sounded like a great workout without it being a workout.
What’s your favorite spot around the neighborhood?
I’m a little biased as I live upstairs, but Wild Birds on the corner of Dean & Classon has been a godsend over the past year, with fantastic live music on the sidewalk seven days a week.