Frequently Asked Questions

CROPSEY COMMUNITY FARM CSA
Frequently Asked Questions
Please read through these important FAQs before becoming a member. If you are ready to sign up, click here to start the process.

1.   What is a CSA?
2.   How will the Cropsey Community Farm CSA operate?
3.   How much does it cost?
4.   What else is expected of members?
5.   Who is the farmer?
6.   How long is the growing season?
7.   What is included each week in the CSA harvest share?
8.   When will the produce be harvested?
9.   Is the produce organically grown?
10.  Where and when do I pick up my share?
11.   What happens if I miss a week? Can I change my pickup day or double up the following week?
12.   What else does my share support?
13.   Can I subsidize a share for a low-income family?
14.   What is the relationship between Rockland Farm Alliance and Cropsey Community Farm?
15.   I’m in! How do I sign up?



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1.   What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a system designed to allow consumers to receive the food they eat directly from the local farmer who produced it. The Cropsey Community Farm CSA (“the Farm”), now in its third year, is a groundbreaking new model made possible through the cooperation of residents of the community, the Town of Clarkstown and Rockland County, under the guidance and oversight of Rockland Farm Alliance. Each CSA member will partake in the personal and environmental benefits of consuming sustainably and locally produced food.  In return for these benefits, CSA members agree to share with the Farm some of the risks inherent in food production. Those choosing a “working share” are also required to work 15 hours during the season to help in the operation of the Farm and CSA.

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2. How will the Cropsey Community Farm CSA operate?

The Farm will accept payment from CSA members in advance of the growing season in return for one ‘share’ in the CSA’s output. Each share entitles the CSA member to a weekly portion of produce harvested for the CSA. All money taken in from CSA members supports the operation of the Farm itself. Each share is anticipated to provide a week’s worth of fresh organic produce, enough for two non-vegetarian adults, or two adults and one child. Shares will be available for pickup at the Farm on two separate pickup days (currently Tuesday and Thursday). CSA members will be asked to choose a pickup day.

One of the underlying aspects of CSAs is to encourage members to enjoy fresh produce that is seasonal to its place of origin and to savor the variety that Nature intended. In addition to an abundance of staples and popular favorites, there will be an enticing bounty of diverse and less commonplace varieties to choose from. Farm staff and CSA members will be on hand during pickup times to help.

The Cropsey Community Farm CSA relies on its CSA members to distribute shares each week. A Core Group of CSA members recruit and train volunteers from the CSA to:

  1. set up and maintain produce pick up area including produce signs
  2. assist members with sign-in and with picking up their share
  3. clean up of pick up area

In addition, the Core Group is responsible for recording of members’ workshare hours. The Core Group also fosters a sense of community within CSA membership through pot lucks, a CSA Facebook page, or other methods.

Please note: Cropsey Community Farm is a project of Rockland Farm Alliance (“RFA”), which is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that is operated separately from the Farm.  RFA is managed by a Board of Directors and follows its own Bylaws and procedures.  It is important to note that purchasing a share in the CSA’s output does not provide you with any voting rights on RFA’s Board of Directors or entitle you to participation of management of the Farm, though we welcome your input and feedback.

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3. How much does it cost?

Each CSA member shall support the Farm through either a $600 working share, with 15 hours of work time required, or a $750 non-working share. These levels of support are determined by the operational budget of the Farm as well as a comparison survey of area CSAs. An additional $25 administrative fee will be collected, to partially offset RFA’s effort and expense in overseeing Cropsey Community Farm as one of its projects. It is anticipated that the harvest season will run 22 weeks, so this equates to roughly $27 a week for fresh, delicious, organic, locally-produced food.

Payment for shares may be made via our website, in the form of one full payment at that time (or by mailing a check), or in two payments, half by May 18, and half by June 15.  We appreciate a full payment if possible, as the funds will be used immediately for the CSA’s operations. If you need to make different payment arrangements, please contact us at info@cropseyfarm.org to discuss your needs.

For those joining after the season begins, the full share price ($600 and $750) will be pro-rated, as well as the hours required to work in the case of a working share.

Members can split shares, but only one member is responsible for managing the share, i.e. handling payment, ensuring work hours are completed, fielding communication (although a second person’s email address can be provided), etc.

Please note that due to the seasonal nature of CSAs, shares will be nonrefundable. If you are unable to use the share through the season, it is your responsibility to find someone to take over your share. (Let us know, as we may be able to assist in locating a recipient.)

Please note as well that any member that does not complete payment for their share will not be eligible for a share the following season. Any member who opts for a payment plan but does not make their payments in a timely manner will not be eligible for a payment plan in the future. Any member not making their full or partial expected payment will have their CSA membership terminated, will forfeit monies paid-to-date, and will have to pay completely in advance in following seasons in order to join the CSA.

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4. What else is expected of members?

In addition to paying for the share as described above, all CSA members who purchase a working share shall commit to fulfill their work hours; this is what the word ‘community’ in Community Supported Agriculture is all about. Each working share member shall commit to work a minimum of 15 hours during the course of the season, from planting through growing and harvesting. These work hours can be performed on the member’s choice of designated ‘Field Days.’ There are many tasks that will need doing, from field work such as planting, harvesting, sorting and washing vegetables, to helping with pickup days, administrative tasks and event staffing.

Members splitting a share are responsible for coordinating their work hours amongst themselves, under one member name/membership number. All family members can put in time towards a single membership’s work hours. Members can sign up for the field days and other work opportunities ahead of time.

Member work hours can begin from the moment we receive your payment, and must be completed by season’s end, which is approximately October 24. All members are of course welcome to and encouraged to contribute more volunteer time to the Farm and Rockland Farm Alliance beyond their 15 hours, and beyond the official season. All members who do not complete their membership work hours by season’s end are expected to pay the difference to the Farm, at $10/hour unfulfilled. Members who do not complete or pay for hours will not be eligible for a working share the following season.

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5. Who is the farmer?

Shane Hardy was born and raised in Nyack, New York.  He grew up helping in his mother’s garden, sailing on the Hudson River and rambling in the state parks and woodlands, developing a fascination with and love for nature.  After graduating from Ithaca College he worked at Cayuga Pure Organics, one of the largest producers of organic grains and heirloom dry beans in New York State. He eventually became the crop manager, overseeing crop rotations and field work on over 500 acres. Shane has also volunteered at small vegetable farms and managed the field at Late Bloomer Farm in Orange County, NY.  He has a deep desire to farm in a way that both produces food and nourishes the land that provides it. Shane is excited to be involved with Rockland Farm Alliance and its goal of preserving and developing farmland within minutes of where he grew up.

Farmer Shane is joined by an incredible team of farm workers who are training to be part of Rockland’s sustainable future.

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6.   How long is the growing season?

Many factors affect the CSA growing season, but in general it is approximately 22 weeks long, beginning with a first harvest planned for the week of May 27th and ending the week of October 21st. This year, an optional “plus four” mini-season may be offered, from the last general pickup to the week before Thanksgiving. Exact dates of the first and final share pickup will be communicated to all members as we approach the initial harvest.

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7.   What is included each week in the CSA harvest share?

In your weekly harvest share you can expect to receive a variety of seasonal vegetables, enough to feed two adults or a small family for a week. A list of the upcoming harvest bounty will be provided on the Cropsey Community Farm website prior to pickup each week. The following list will give some idea of the types of produce that will be grown throughout the season: Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cucumbers, Herbs, Greens, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Salad Mix, Scallions, Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips, Winter Squash and more!

Please note: CSA members are expected to provide their own baskets or bags for pickup days. We will try to provide reusable baskets and/or bags that will be available for sale if any member should forget theirs or prefer to purchase one from the farm.

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8.   When will the produce be harvested?

Produce will be harvested within 48 hours of pickup day, with the majority harvested on the day of pickup. This excludes storable produce such as garlic, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and onions.

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9.   Is the produce organically grown?

We will use only organic and sustainable growing methods. Your food will not contain any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, growth stimulants or fungicides. We will not knowingly grow any Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

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10.  Where and when do I pick up my share?

Pickup location will be at the Farm, Tuesdays and Thursdays, between the hours of 3pm and 7pm. Each member will choose or be assigned a pickup day, if neither day is preferred.

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11.   What happens if I miss a week? Can I change my pickup day or double up the following week?

Pickup should occur during the allotted time on designated pickup days. If you know in advance that you will be unable to do your pickup as assigned, please make arrangements for someone else to pick it up for you.  If this is not possible, you can request to change your pickup day (instructions will be provided as to how to do that); however, a limited amount of switching of pickup days will be permitted, because of the difficulty it presents in allocating CSA harvested produce in proper amounts.

You cannot miss a week and double up the following week. In order to prevent food waste, in the event that your share cannot be picked up within the designated pickup time, and we are unable to switch your day, your share will be donated to somebody in need or to a food bank.

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12.   What else does my share support?

Cropsey Community Farm is a huge first step toward revitalizing our local food system here in Rockland, and is the largest organic vegetable farm and CSA in the county. In addition to fresh, locally grown organic produce for members, this new farm provides so much more to the community: open space where people can come together to actively participate in and learn about growing their own food, an outdoor classroom for students of all ages to gain hands-on knowledge about small-scale farming, a place for community to build and grow. By purchasing a share of produce grown on the Farm, you are showing your support for such important projects and are joining a growing grassroots movement that aims to take back control over what we eat, and how and where it is grown. Your support is a statement that is heard throughout the county, the state, and even the country. Thank you for supporting a local farm that brings so many benefits to the community. Plus, the produce tastes incredible!

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13.   Can I subsidize a share for a low-income family?

Members of our community with the means to do so are invited to add $100 or more to their share price to subsidize a CSA share for a family in our community that cannot afford the full share price. We are committed to working toward making fresh, organic, locally-grown produce available to as many community members as possible, and we ask for your help in making this possible. We thank you in advance. If you feel that you or someone you know may qualify for a subsidized share, please contact us at info@cropseyfarm.org.

Please note that Rockland Farm Alliance is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and subsidy donations are tax deductible.

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14.   What is the relationship between Rockland Farm Alliance and Cropsey Community Farm?

Cropsey Community Farm is a project of Rockland Farm Alliance, whose mission is to facilitate local sustainable agriculture in Rockland County by creating farms that serve as models of small-scale food production with educational facilities dedicated to the development and teaching of sustainable farming practices to people of all ages. RFA is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, and is governed by a Board of Directors. Although this is the third season for the Cropsey Community Farm CSA, the Farm has become a reality only because of several years of preliminary groundwork done by Rockland Farm Alliance. Simply put, without the resources and efforts of RFA, the Cropsey Community Farm CSA would never have come to fruition.

CSA members are also encouraged to become RFA members (if they are not already), for a fee of $25 for individuals and $40 for families. This will assure the continued support and guidance of RFA not only for Cropsey Community Farm in New City, but also in new initiatives across the county. Your RFA membership entitles you to a variety of benefits, including discounts to special RFA events and merchandise, and updates through the RFA newsletters. Click here for more information on becoming an RFA member.

Please note: RFA membership does not entitle you to participation in RFA’s Board of Directors or management of the Farm, although we encourage those with skills and expertise in various areas to ask RFA about becoming more active. For benefits of membership and more information about Rockland Farm Alliance, please visit our website at www.rocklandfarm.org. We encourage you to contact us to give feedback about RFA projects and initiatives.

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15.   I’m in! How do I sign up?

To purchase a share, please click here to start our enrollment process. You will be guided to read through our Membership Contract, and you must agree with the contract terms as well as acknowledge that you have read these FAQs.

IMPORTANT: Shares are sold on a first come first served basis. We expect interest in shares to be strong, so the sooner you start the sign-up process, the more likely your chances of securing a share. Once shares are filled, all subsequent requests will be placed on a waiting list.

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Thank you for supporting Rockland Farm Alliance and Cropsey Community Farm’s dedication to providing fresh, local and sustainable produce to our community here in Rockland County, NY. We look forward to a fun and rewarding season together!

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