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Neighborhood Farm Fresh Produce Project for Low-Income Families

Malorie Marshall | 4/4/2014, 4:17 p.m.
The West Harlem CSA. West Harlem CSA website

Spring is here in New York City, which means it’s almost time for CSA season. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) allows residents the chance to purchase “shares” of vegetables and produce grown by farmers, according to the Just Food website. Upon purchase, vegetables and produce are delivered from farms into various sites in the city for residents to pick up.

Three particular CSA sites throughout the city will be featured by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger for the 2014 season, according to a press release.

The three sites located in the Bronx, Central Brooklyn and West Harlem will offer subsidized payment options for low-income families. At the West Harlem CSA, shares are offered on a sliding scale, depending on household income, according to the CSA’s website. Families can purchase full shares (enough for a family of four) or half shares (enough for a family of 2).

For families who receive food stamp benefits, families can purchase vegetables and fruits for the entire 22 week season for less than $200, according to the West Harlem CSA membership agreement. Families can also elect to pay to receive shares of flowers, eggs or coffee.

Registration for the West Harlem CSA is now open, and the share season is scheduled to run from June 10 through Nov. 4. Member shares will be dropped off Tuesdays between 5 and 7:30 p.m. at Broadway Community Inc., which is located at the Broadway Presbyterian Church at 601 W 114th St.

For more information, you can visit the West Harlem CSA website, or email wharlemcsa@gmail.com or call (212) 825-0028. To become a member for the 2014 season, applications and payment have to be turned in by April 22.