Winter 2017-18 Contract

We hope you join us this winter for the winter share!

The winter share specifics are:

Sign-up deadline: November 21st.

CSA Winter Delivery Dates:

Golden Earthworm and Lewis Waite Farm Network have coordinated their delivery schedules.

December 12 – Vegetable, fruit and cider shares and LWF orders
January 9 – Vegetable, fruit and cider shares and LWF orders
February 6 – Vegetable, fruit and cider shares and LWF orders
March 6 – Vegetable, fruit and cider shares and LWF orders
April 17 – LWF orders only
May 15 – LWF orders only

Distribution Times 
Distribution is on Tuesdays, from 4-8PM.
Any produce left at 8pm is donated to a charity.
LWF items are not donated, so you must make arrangements to pick up your LWF items by 8pm.

Distribution Location

The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Avenue in Forest Hills.

WINTER SHARES


Winter Organic Vegetable Share
 – $112 – Bigger boxes this year!
Each box will contain 15+ lbs. of:
Potatoes, Watermelon Radish, Purple Top Turnips, Parsnips, Rutabaga, Carrots, Beets, Leeks, Winter Squash and Cabbage.  If we have a warm December, the first box may include greens from the fields.  Exact contents to be determined.

The vegetables are certified organic, primarily from Golden Earthworm Organic Farm.

NEW: Golden Earthworm will supplement their produce with produce from other local Certified Organic family farmers to provide more variety during the winter months. This year, they plan to buy some vegetables from Atlas Farm.

 

Subsidized Winter Organic Vegetable Share – $75
For the winter share, we have only one subsidized share category, and do not have separate low and middle income shares, as we do during the main season.

Subsidized Vegetable Share qualifications:
family size – maximum gross household income;
1 – $32,000
2 – $44,000
3 – $55,000
4 – $66,000
5 – $77,000

Subsidized shares are given on an as-needed basis, to the extent that we can afford to subsidize them. Family size and income are calculated by the number of people eating the share (whether or not they are related) and those people’s total pre-tax income from all sources, not just salary.  Subsidized shares are given out on the honor system and are subsidized by fellow members’ share price.  We reserve the right to ask for supporting documents. Limit of 1 subsidized vegetable share per family.

Returning members who qualify for subsidized shares receive priority for one week. After that, subsidized shares are given out first-come-first-served.

Winter Apple Share – $29
4 pounds of apples per delivery (same amount per delivery as last year). The apple share may include a few pears.

Winter Cider Share – $23
1/2 gallon jug per delivery (same amount per delivery as last year)

The apples and cider are from Brieremere Farm and are not organic. Briermere Farm practices Integrated Pest Management, in consultation with the Cornell Cooperative Extension. The tree fruit is sprayed with insecticides and fungicides at various points through the season. To reduce the use of chemical insecticides the orchards are close monitored and other pest control measures are used, such as insect pheromone mating disruption. Herbicides have not been used in many years. However, sometimes the weeds get out of control and a rescue treatment has been considered. So far this has been avoided. Briermere Farm’s own leaf compost is the only fertilizer/nutrient source for their fruit crops. No chemical fertilizer is used.
Lewis Waite Farm CSA Extras Program 
The Lewis Waite Farm CSA Extras program is run by Alan and Nancy Brown, of Lewis Waite Farm. Along with Colin Brown, they raise grass-fed and grass-finished beef and pasture raised, GMO free pork on land that is Certified Organic by NOFA-NY. They partner with a number of other farms and small family-run businesses in upstate New York and Vermont to offer a wide array of products fresh from small farms. You may read more about farms and producers and their farms or operations on their website. Their deliveries are year round, but more frequently in the summer, ranging from once a month to twice a month. Each CSA member may order whatever items they like from their wide range of products. Members can also ask them to pre-select items for them in several share type packages. All FHCSA member will receive regular emails from LWF during the season with ordering information. This winter, people are able to be LWF only members. You may be a member and just plan to order from LWFN (and not have a farm share) provided you complete the contract link and pledge to volunteer. All members with farm produce shares may order from LWF.

LWF Offerings

  • Bread
  • Dairy (milk, cheese and yogurt from cows, goats and sheep)
  • Drinks (coffee, herbal teas, kefir, sparkling cider, and probiotic drinks)
  • Eggs
  • Meats (beef, buffalo, chevron, chicken, duck, goose, lamb, mutton, pork, rabbit, and turkey)
  • Pantry items (apple sauce, dried beans, chutney, dried grains, energy bars, fresh ground flour, granola, herbal infusions and syrups, honey, jams and spreads, maple syrup, trail mix, mushroom products)

PAYMENT

As we did for the 2017 season, payment is via PayPal* or paper check.
Payment through PayPal: We only accept funded PayPal.
That means you need to either have:

  • a linked bank account
  • or the funds in your PayPal balance

Sorry, but we can not accept PayPal payment through credit cards.

Administrative fee: $1

VOLUNTEERING

We have a new Volunteer Coordinator – thanks Anna!

Steve will no longer be the Volunteer Coordinator nor will he be a FHCSA member, as he has plans to travel.

Our CSA is entirely volunteer-run. All core group members pay for their shares, just as everyone else does. Some members volunteer more than the minimum requirement in order to get certain jobs done, and we gratefully appreciate those who do. For the past several years, we have a 6 hour minimum volunteer requirement for all members. We are not yet sure how many hours members will need to volunteer this winter share.

To clarify, the volunteer requirement is per member unit that shares one vegetable share. Most shares are shared by two or more adults. One adult may perform all the volunteering for their share, or they may split it up however they desire. However, all adults eating the share are responsible for making sure that their share’s volunteering commitment is fulfilled. If you have extenuating circumstances, please email our volunteer co-ordinator at fhcsavolunteers@foresthillscsa.com .

Volunteer Sign-up Process 
Forest Hills CSA uses SignUp.com, formerly named VolunteerSpot, an online signup system, to schedule distribution and surplus delivery volunteers and backups. You will receive email with a link to SignUp.com to sign up on line. This link will be sent before the first distribution. This email, as well as others with information about volunteering, will come from FHCSAvolunteers@foresthillscsa.com so please make sure that you have this address in your address book so it will not end up in your spam folder.

NEW: The truck is scheduled to arrive this winter between 3 and 3:30. We are considering having the first shift perform truck unloading, and not having a separate truck unloading job. Do note, you do not need to carry the boxes any distance, as Golden Earthworm has hand trucks, so you just need to push the hand trucks and then lift the boxes onto and off of the hand trucks. On LWF Only days the shift times may be different, as there is no truck unloading and set-up and clean up needs are different.

The volunteer jobs are:
Early shift: which may include truck unloading, and includes setting up, and approximately the first half of distribution
Late shift – approximately the second half of distribution and cleaning up
Surplus delivery – arrive at distribution at 8pm, pack up surplus, and drive it to a charity (in your own car). Only on GEOF distribution days.
There are also back-up positions for each job.

Jobs at the distribution site scheduled via SignUp.com

MEMBERSHIP AGREEMENT

As a FHCSA member

  • I understand that it is my responsibility to read the Member Guidelines in its entirety before the season begins, so that I understand how distribution and the CSA works. The Member Guidelines will be emailed before the season begins.
  • I understand that this is a community project and as such, I agree to fulfill the minimum volunteering requirement for the CSA set by the Core Group (which will probably be 3-6 hours, as decided by the core group), working at the distribution site or the equivalent, as approved by the Core Group.
  • I understand that it is my responsibility to sign up for volunteer slots on SignUp.com or arrange for other approved duties; otherwise, in the future I will no longer be eligible for FHCSA membership.
  • I understand that if I do not pick up my (veg./fruit/cider) share it will be donated appropriately; I do not expect to have my share saved.
  • I understand that I have a responsibility to pick up my LWF order during distribution.
  • I agree to keep my membership account information up to date and to promptly notify info@foresthillscsa.com of any changes.
  • I understand that the CSA’s primary means of communication is via email, and I will read FHCSA emails and respond appropriately
  • If I sign up for a subsidized share, I truthfully meet the income guidelines.
  • I understand that I am only a member when my full payment is received before the deadline.

MEMBERSHIP CONTRACT

Please follow this link.

Questions? Please email info@foresthillscsa.com