Meet your CSA Core Group: Julee

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Name: JuLee Colner

What is your role in the Prospect Park CSA? I’m in charge of community outreach, which gives me the incredible privilege of interacting with many people and institutions that help make our neighborhood great.

Why did you decide to become involved with the CSA? After being a member for a few years, I decided I wanted to be even more involved. The CSA has been a big part of my life and I didn’t want to take it for granted. It is a great way to make a positive impact in our community.

What do you do when you’re not volunteering with Prospect Park CSA? I work for ICAP at Columbia University, a global health nonprofit. I also volunteer with the CHEF program through the New York Junior League. Cooking and Health Education for Families (CHEF) seeks to empower families to make life-long, healthy choices through nutrition and exercise workshops that emphasize planning, collaboration, and fun. You can also find me walking my cairn terrier, Hemingway or running in Prospect Park with my husband.

What’s your favorite place in our neighborhood?  I love so many places in the neighborhood – Bearded Lady, St. Catherine, Stocked, Mermaid’s Garden…but Prospect Park is hard to beat.

What’s your favorite dish to make with CSA produce? I love experimenting with new vegetables and making new dishes. Last year, I made beet ravioli, butternut squash pancetta pasta, tomato pie, and countless delicious salads from the veggie loot.

 

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Meet Your CSA Core Group: Enrique

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Name: Enrique Figueredo

What is your role in the Prospect Park CSA? Afternoon Delivery Site Coordinator and the guy that lives really close by.

Why did you decide to become involved with the CSA? I learned about CSAs in general while working at the delivery site, Fountain Studios. What a cool idea, I thought. I knew I wanted to join the next chance I got.

What do you do when you’re not volunteering with Prospect Park CSA? I paint and carve woodblocks.

What’s your favorite place in our neighborhood? I really dig the arch at Grand Army Plaza and the gold on the Library entrance. I like that entire circle there.

What’s your favorite dish to make with CSA produce? The first time I got a box of vegetables it was heavy on the turnips. I couldn’t identify a turnip, I admit, I am new to this life. Once Google images confirmed that they were turnips, I roasted them and put them together with some spinach and goat cheese and stuff and made a salad. It was fantastic.

 

Meet Your CSA Core Group: Caroline

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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 the Center for NYC Neighborhoods, a foreclosure-prevention and Sandy recovery nonprofit where I do research, public education, and advocacy regarding housing 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.

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

 

Meet Your CSA Core Group: Anthony

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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 wife and our two cats and a dog.

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

Name:  Laura Scheck

What is your role in the Prospect Park CSA?  Do anything that needs to be done? I managed work shifts for the first three years and now I do whatever is needed to make sure the CSA runs smoothly, like coordinating the core group, managing our materials, members lists and distribution protocols. I’ll also be organizing events this year!

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 School Support for The After School Corporation (TASC), a non-profit organization that works to expand the traditional school day and year to provide more time for exciting and targeted learning opportunities for all students. The most popular programs in our schools include cooking and gardening! 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?  I really like transforming ingredients, especially the ones we have in massive quantities, so I make breads and other baked goods quite a bit. I also like convincing myself that these are healthy treats because they contain vegetables and fruit. Some of my favorites include carrot bread, zucchini bread, and apple cake.

 

Meet your CSA hosts: Troy and Susan

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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.