As a CSA member, you will:
- Receive a bounty of fresh, seasonal, organic vegetables (with optional fruit, flowers, and eggs) in a weekly “share” in exchange for your up-front financial investment in the farm at the start of the season; and
- Give 2-3 hours of your time by participating in one or two brief work shifts over the course of the season, to help keep the CSA running.
- Be part of a community of neighbors committed to good food and sustainability for all, with invitations to members’ events like cooking and canning demos, potlucks, and the annual Windflower Farm Open House.
By purchasing a share, CSA members commit to one or two work shifts per season. Full share members commit to two shifts; half-share members commit to one.
All work shifts are on Tuesdays. There are three shifts to accommodate varying schedules and physical abilities:
2:00–3:00 p.m.: Meet the truck, unload produce bins, and set up the distribution site. This shift requires heavy lifting and stairs. A core group organizer will be on hand the entire shift to show you what to do.
5:15–6:45 p.m.: Help open the distribution site. Check in and assist members during pick-up. Weigh veggies. Open new bins as needed; stack the empties. A core group organizer will be on hand at the beginning of this shift to assist in opening the site.
6:45–8:30 p.m.: Continue to check in and assist members, weigh veggies, and swap full bins for empties. Sweep up and close the site at 8:15 p.m., help store supplies for next week, and hand off unclaimed produce to our food pantry partner. This shift requires medium lifting and stairs. A core group organizer will arrive toward the end of this shift to assist in closing the site.
Work shifts are mandatory for all members and crucial to the operation of our CSA volunteer-run organization. Sign up early to get your preferred timeslots! Members who don’t sign up for or complete work shift(s) will be denied CSA registration in the future.
If you can’t complete a work shift you signed up for, and it is three or more weeks away, you can log back into the shift sign-up site and sign up for an alternate date. If the shift is fewer than three weeks away, and you can’t make it, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to find someone else to fill in for you, either by sending a friend or swapping with another member through the Prospect Park CSA Google Group.
Please work your shifts or get them covered, and reach out to our shift coordinator, Laura (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you’re having trouble finding coverage.
WINDFLOWER FARM OPEN HOUSE
This year’s Windflower Farm Open House is the weekend of August 25-26 in Valley Falls, New York. This annual celebration, tour, potluck, and camp-out is a highlight of our year.
The event typically begins midday Saturday with a tour of Windflower Farm and a wine, beer and cheese hour featuring local live music and homebrews. Go for a tractor ride and see the greenhouses, ducks, chickens, sheep, and flower fields.
Share a potluck supper with CSA members from all over New York City, Farmers Ted and Jan Blomgren, their son Nate, and farm staff. After supper, gather around the campfire for music and s’mores. All members are welcome to camp on the farm (most do) and take in the star-filled sky. (You can also opt to stay at a nearby motel or B&B.)
On Sunday morning, the Blomgren family serves a generous farm breakfast, after which you might swim in the Battenkill River, tour Victory View Winery, attend the Washington County Fair or Cambridge Farmers’ Market, visit the free-range chickens that provide our eggs at Davis Family Farms, tour the Borden Dairy Farm, go to the horse races at the historic track in Saratoga, check out the Argyl Brewery store, or head up to the Battenkill Creamery for an ice cream sundae.
Bring your own tent, sleeping bags, flashlight, sturdy footwear, a dish to pass at the potluck, and an instrument to play around the campfire. Carpooling is encouraged, and a group bus rental can be arranged if there’s enough interest. We look forward to seeing you there!