Community Supported Agriculture
History of Calhoun's CSA
A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a business relationship between a community and a farmer who sells "shares" (portions of the farmer's harvest), directly to members of the CSA community before the farmer even plants seeds for the coming season. The money the farmer receives from his or her CSA membership is, in fact, seed money. Because the members pay in advance, the CSA relationship allows the farmer to raise interest-free operating capital. In return, the CSA membership receives fresh food directly from the farm.
Inspired by Calhoun's renowned Eat Right Now school lunch program, the school's CSA was started in the fall of 2009 by the Parents Association as an experiment in community supported agriculture. Each season since, we have had a thriving group of members participating in the Calhoun CSA and reaping the benefits of farm to table food.
2018 CSA Fall Season Begins Sept. 12, 2018
The Calhoun CSA Program entitles each member to a weekly share of assorted seasonal vegetables for a minimum of 10 weeks.* The cost is $330 plus a $30 administrative fee. (*Additional weeks are contingent upon weather conditions and growing season.)
- Faculty & Staff memberships are available for a discounted fee.
- Each member of the Calhoun CSA is responsible for picking up his/her produce.
- Pick-up is on Wednesday between 3-6pm in the Calhoun Commons. Please make sure to bring a large bag.
- If you are unable to arrive by 6pm, shares can be packed and placed at reception for pick-up before 8pm, but only if the CSA team is notified by 4pm on the day of pick-up.
- Shares that are not picked up are donated to the Calhoun food program.
- Each member of the Calhoun CSA is asked to volunteer a minimum of one shift during the season. Members are asked to do a variety of jobs when volunteering including set up, distributing produce and clean up.
- Weekly Newsletters highlight a vegetable from our share with tips on food storage and recipes!
To Join: Submit a contract and payment by June 4, 2018 to: Sylvia Kopec, The Calhoun School, 433 West End Avenue, NY, NY 10024. For more information about the program, contact CSA committee co-chairs: Doris Cassar and Denise Henning, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our farm is Paisley Farm, owned and run by Mike Kokas and Jan Greer, in Tivoli, NY. The 25-acre farm is located in bucolic Columbia County near the Hudson River, just north of Rhinebeck. Mike and Jan manage their fields using organic methods. The vegetables are fresh and flavorful, the equal of anything you might buy at the Union Square Greenmarket.
Our weekly share includes a wide variety of vegetables like tomatoes, kale, squash, eggplant, corn, potatoes, radishes, green beans, and peppers. Becoming a member of the Calhoun CSA will provide you with an abundant array of farm-fresh produce each week and an opportunity to connect with our wonderful parent community.