Members will have opportunities to participate in cooking demonstrations, potlucks and trips to Stoneledge Farm.
Members will also receive a newsletter with recipes, cooking tips and farm updates.
Members are expected to keep up with payments in a timely manner as well as commit to the entire season. Vegetable share members must contribute a minimum of 4 hours of their time throughout the twenty-four week season. Optional fruit share members contribute an additional 2 hours to help us manage this additional offering. Most shareholders help out by covering 2 two-hour shifts at distribution. People often volunteer additional hours to help with activities including cooking demos, potluck dinners or the annual farm visit.
You have a few options to choose from if you cannot pick up your share.
- You may ask someone else to pick up the share. If this is what is best for you, please make sure that this person knows to give us your name, especially if you have a share partner. This helps avoid confusion for everyone.
- You may tell us that you will not be using the share that week and we will donate your share. Produce not picked up will be donated to Hudson Guild’s senior meals program.
Payment is made directly to Stoneledge Farm. Most members pay the entire cost up front, but the farm offers a number of options. People who qualify for discounted shares may arrange an alternative payment schedule.
Payments made are not refundable. People may arrange to have other people take on their membership and pay for the remainder of the season.
If you feel that none of these plans will work for you, we ask that you call us and tell us your situation. We will try to design a plan that will work for you.
There is a risk involved in farming and by joining the CSA members share in that risk. Since farming is directly related to changing weather conditions, certain items that you may want may not be available. If for example there is a very rainy season, certain crops will do well, and others will not. On the whole, members will get a wide variety of vegetables in plentiful amounts.
Stoneledge Farm delivers both vegetables and fruit on Tuesdays during the CSA season with pick-up from 4 pm to 7 pm at Hudson Guild (located in Chelsea) in the Elliot Center facility, located at 441 West 26 Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenues).
This answer depends on when Stoneledge Farm’s harvest begins. The Kavakos expect to begin delivering the vegetables in mid-June and to continue delivering through to Thanksgiving, which is about 24 weeks. The fruit shares run for 20 weeks. The shares will be delivered each week throughout this time period. Members should check this website in May for confirmation.
Chelsea CSA has three levels of payments for vegetable shares. Please visit our join page for details.
Chelsea CSA has three levels of payment for the twenty-week fruit share option. Please visit our join page for details.
A CSA membership is an upfront investment in the farm and the farmer. By paying the Kavakos family at the beginning of the season, they can purchase seeds, equipment and the other things that they need to run their farm without having to take out high interest loans. They can then devote their energy to sustainable farming practices and a productive harvest season.
Chelsea CSA is committed to making organic produce accessible to all income people. Our sponsor shares and administration fees offset the cost of our discount shares. This has been our model since we began.
Lewis Waite Farm makes monthly deliveries to eligible Chelsea CSA shareholders. Available products include a variety of meats, eggs, breads, grains, and jams. Orders placed during the CSA season are available for pick up at the distribution site on Tuesdays from 4-7. Please visit the Lewis Waite Farm website to learn more about how to order these products.
Stoneledge Farm produces honey (well really, it’s the bees) as well as certain other products, and their neighbor, Bear Creak, produces maple syrup.
Stoneledge Farm’s Market Place allows you to order honey, local maple syrup, as well as other farm products including bulk produce (pending availability throughout the season). Order online by logging on to your membership page. Pick it up at the CSA site the following week!
The Hudson Guild has been the home of Chelsea CSA since our inception. The Hudson Guild is committed to strengthening and building community, both within our walls and in the broader Chelsea community. The Hudson Guild sees the Chelsea CSA as a great opportunity to strengthen community.
The Chelsea CSA is striving to provide affordable, nutritious, organic vegetables to the Chelsea community at a convenient location, while supporting a small New York farmer.
Half shares are available but members are responsible for coordinating pick up and volunteer hours with their own share partner. If you need help finding a share partner, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you have found a share partner, you will need to register online together. When two people have agreed to be share partners, one will register as the primary shareholder, register for a sponsor, standard, or discount vegetable share and list the other as a share partner. The share partners will work it out between themselves how to pay the farmer for their full order and fulfill their volunteer hours. Details on registration are available here.
At distribution, the first share partner to arrive is responsible for dividing the share, labeling the bag with the second partner’s name, and leaving it at the sign in desk.
Typically, each week’s share consists of 8-12 types of vegetables, enough to feed a family of 2-3 people depending on how many vegetables are in your diet.
The Chelsea CSA brings fresh, organic vegetables to the Chelsea area through a partnership between Stoneledge Farm in South Cairo, NY and members of the Chelsea community, with support from the Hudson Guild, a non-profit Settlement House serving the Chelsea community since 1895. The Kavakos family of Stoneledge Farm sells shares in their harvest. People buy shares at a variety of fee levels. CSA’s work to pay the farmer before the growing season, when possible. In exchange for investing in the harvest, members will receive vegetables at the Hudson Guild from mid-June through mid-November. People who join the Chelsea CSA must commit to the length of the entire season even if they pay in installments throughout the season.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.