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FAQ

Q: What is a CSA?

A: A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly portion of produce. By making a financial commitment to a farm, people become members of the CSA.

Q: Who runs the Tribeca CSA?

A: You do! The CSA is a member-run, volunteer-based organization: we couldn’t exist without your support and participation. We depend on our CSA members to meet and unload the produce truck, set up the site weekly, and help distribute produce and products for their fellow members.

A core group within the membership organizes and facilitate logistics and events. We currently have four core group members but we are always happy to include anyone who would be interested in joining. We invite you to reach out to a core group member with your ideas and to inquire about other opportunities. We will be planning a series of events throughout the season, including visits to the farm.

Q: How was the farm connected with the CSA?

A: Just Food is the non-profit umbrella organization who matches qualified local farms with CSAs in NYC.

Q: Can I visit the farm?

A: Yes, we have a formal farm visit for the CSA coming up.

Q: Is the produce organic?

A: La Baraja Farm does not use chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

Q: Do you deliver shares?

A: No, we don’t have the capability to make deliveries and our members find that seeing each other at the weekly distribution builds community.

Q: Do I have to be a member to participate in the CSA?

A: Yes, only prepaid members can participate in distribution. There are no on-site sales of the produce during the season.

Q: When do I sign up?

A: The sign-up period for the 2016 season is now OPEN. Click Here to sign up. Limited space available. First come, first served.

Q: Can I become a member for part of the season?

A: No, we only take members for the full five month season. However, you are welcome to find someone to split your share with you.

Q: Do I have to donate any time to be a member in the CSA?

A: Yes, every share needs to help out by working at two distributions during the five month season.

Q: If I work late or have children, do I still have to work at distribution?

A: Yes, we have a late shift from 4:00-6:00 PM for people who can’t leave work early. If your schedule is not flexible at all we can arrange for other work opportunities. You can bring your children to distribution with you.

Q: What happens if I’m on vacation or can’t get to distribution one week?

A: You can ask a friend/neighbor to pick up your share or give it away. If no one comes to pick up your share it is donated to the Philadelphia Seventh Day Adventist Church in the Bronx.

Q: Are there any events or activities associated with the CSA?

A: Members volunteer to plan events, food demos, and the farm visits. We always welcome new ideas and volunteers for other activities.

Q: What if there is a drought or flooding and the farm can’t produce the quantity or quality of vegetables it normally does?

A: By becoming a member of the CSA you assume the risk of organic farming. Our farmers are experienced and will do everything they can to make sure we have the best possible produce no matter the circumstances.

Other questions? contact us at tribecacsa@gmail.com.

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