The 14-year-old, non-profit organization works with the Garden of Eve Farm on Long Island to fill its 500 farm shares. The organic farm provides vegetables, flowers, and eggs from "happy," bug-eating chickens. All the products come fresh off the farm.
"Even though it feels like it's hard to eat local, it's really not," said Wendy Chamberlain, the CSA's sign-up and communications coordinator. Chamberlain, who has been with the organization for three years, stressed the necessity of preserving independent farms.
"It's important because [CSAs support] local farmers rather than supporting big, industrial agriculture,” she said. Chamberlain said the benefits of small agriculture include the improved health of farmhands, better livestock care, and the increased general well-being of consumers.
"In our crazy, urban lifestyle it's really easy to live on take-out, fast food, and junk food," she said. Since joining the organization, Chamberlain said she has started eating healthier, and has felt her life slowdown to a more manageable speed.
The CSA's farm share packages range from just eggs to the mega-combo (vegetables, fruit, eggs, flowers) and in price from $65 to $990 per season. For low-income families, the organization offers a subsidized share plan and is working on developing a program to teach teens about nutrition and cooking.
Sign up will continue through April, but Chamberlain encourages those interested to act soon by visiting their website for more information.