CSA Signup Information:
We’re excited that you are interested in becoming a member of the Glendale CSA!
Step 1: Member Agreement, Administration Fee & Work-shift
Remember the first word in CSA is “Community.” By joining the CSA, you are agreeing to join our community of people who are committed to supporting accessibility to fresh, local, organic food.
Please read, print and sign the Membership Agreement
In addition to the cost of your share, there is an annual administration fee of $15. This fee goes toward our Just Food membership fee, loan program, and other supplies to support our CSA. Please be sure to bring the administrative fee to your first distribution.
The CSA is run 100% by us, the CSA members. Each member is required to fulfill a work-shift. Usually that means helping to set up, break down and everything in between during at least one distribution per season. There are alternative ways to fulfill the work-shift requirement in case of disability or other special circumstances. Please contact us via email or telephone to coordinate your work-shift schedule. (add link to workshift signup sheet)
Step 2: Vegetable Share
Members purchase a vegetable share through the Garden of Eve website, which is available by following this link: http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/
Choose between a full share (weekly pickups), or a half share (bi-weekly pickups), depending on your needs, household consumption and schedule.
Each week, you can expect to get 7-9 vegetable items. The types and quantity of vegetables vary from week to week based on what is ripe for harvest in any given week. Check out pictures of past season’s distributions on our Flickr site.
For smaller households with only 1-2 members, a half share is usually a good option to start.
For those of you with large families or who consume a lot of vegetables, there is also the “vegeholic” share option, which is double the quantity of a regular full share.
Step 3: Add-On Shares from Garden of Eve
Our partner farm, Garden of Eve, offers other shares that are optional, like fruit, eggs, flowers, meat, cheese, and bread.
Some of these items can be purchased together through a discounted “combo” options. All Garden of Eve add-on and combo options are on the Garden of Eve website.
NOTE: The fruit share is not certified organic. Garden of Eve grows or sources organic fruit whenever possible, and always offers low spray, local fruit.
Sign up for vegetable and Garden of Eve add-on shares.
Step 4: CSA-Plus Extras
Glendale CSA partners with local sources to offer other types of shares.
Step 5: Payment
As a general policy, payments are due in full at the time of sign up. This follows a basic CSA principle to support farmers with funds to buy seed, equipment etc. in the Spring when they need it the most.
Garden of Eve Organic Farm gives members various payment options:
- Pay in full at signup
- Down payment at signup and pay off the balance over three months. You can see the specifics when you sign up at the Garden of Eve website.
- Garden of Eve now accepts SNAP
If you prefer not to sign up online, the farm is happy to do a telephone signup: Call them at 631-722-8777.
If you have further questions about your signup with them, please contact the farm directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Glendale CSA Scholarship
The Glendale CSA is committed to making the CSA available to people regardless of income level. If you really want to join a CSA, the cost should not be the reason you do not do so. We try to help as much as we can.
A limited number of subsidized shares/ scholarships are available on a first-come basis for those who qualify.
The farm generously donates two vegetable share as a thank you for administering the CSA. These “free” shares are donated back into the CSA to subsidize a few weekly or bi-weekly vegetable shares. If you are on assistance, such as unemployment, social security, WIC, section-8 housing, or food stamps, or have other compelling reasons, please submit this web application for our review: https://goo.gl/SBb84W
Our CSA also offers no interest loans.
Our wonderful members donate money which is used to fund short-term, no-interest loans to members. The farm gets the money up front, members make payments through the season, and by the end of the season the funds are back for next season–that’s sustainability.
Please contact the Core Group at email@example.com with the subject “CSA Loan” or give us a call to inquire on the terms of the loan.
Step 6: Respond to the Glendale CSA Followup via Email or Phone Call
Once we learn that you have signed up at the farm’s website, there is a final step. We will send you a followup email or phone call that covers a few essentials: contact info; work-shift dates; admin fee, and the membership agreement.
We need basic information in order to communicate with you. We keep this info secure and do not share it.
As a CSA member you are obliged to do a minimum of 4 hours work each season for the CSA to help make it run. Most members fulfill this requirement by helping run distribution once each season. We will ask you for two tentative dates.
There is a $15 administration fee which goes to the Glendale CSA. This fee covers purchases, supplies, photocopying, the Web domain annual fee, etc. Five dollars goes to Just Food for its CSA program. We will ask you to send a check made out to “Glendale CSA.”
Membership Terms and Agreement
All members need to read and sign this so we all know the expectations and to prevent misunderstandings. Once all steps are completed, we will notify you that you are a member of the Glendale CSA.
Step 7: Pick Up at Distribution
Distribution is every Saturday morning for 24 weeks:
Place: Glendale Community Garden, located at the intersection of 88th St and 74th Ave, 74-10 88th St. Glendale, Queens
Duration: for the season
Full Shares – pick up every week
Half Shares – pick up every other week