What is CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is made up of members who share in the costs and responsibilities of running a farm and who receive in return a share in the harvest.
The Bayard Cutting Arboretum CSA is made up of members who pay a membership fee during the beginning of the season and then come to the farm on either Tuesday or Thursday to pick up their vegetables, herbs, and flowers. This extends from Late May/ Early-June through October.
We offer a plethora of organic varieties of vegetables, culinary herbs, and flowers, which members can pick. Members may purchase eggs on a first come first served basis from our flock of 150 egg-laying hens. Members are encouraged to participate in seeding, planting, maintaining the field, and harvesting the crops in order to reap all the benefits of connecting to the farm, the land and to each other.
Part of the Bayard Cutting Arboretum CSA’s mission is to grow high quality, organic produce for its members using sustainable practices that protect the soil and water. We strive to maintain the growing field to the high standards of the Arboretum and to make the farm a welcoming place for the many people who visit each day. We seek to build community among farm members who are encouraged to participate in a wide range of farm activities, workshops, and events. Finally, our goal is to educate the public through site visits and newsletters. We offered an education program to middle school-aged children who participate in a wide variety of hands-on activities including, planting, but not limited to harvesting, learning about compost, and the difference between good and bad bugs in the garden.
Bayard Cutting Arboretum CSA farm is not a certified organic farm, however, we sign and follow the guidelines of the Northeast Farmer’s Association of New York (NOFA-NY) Farmer’s Pledge which describes guidelines that the farmer promises to follow to ensure that the food is responsibly grown, using organic and sustainable practices. The farmer promises to grow the healthiest food possible under conditions that help preserve the land on which it is grown.
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An application must be completed before becoming a member. Members must pay for the cost of their farm share in full before the season begins and although working on the farm is not required, members are encouraged to volunteer time for the benefit of the farm! The number of members depends on many factors. The best way to become a member is to contact us directly so we can put you on our mailing lists. You will receive our newsletters and you will be invited to participate in any farm workshops and social events we are hosting. Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 we are unaware as to whether we will be hosting any social events this year. If we are already full, you will be placed on our waiting list. As soon as an opening becomes available, you will be notified. The farm share price for 2021 is $800.00 for a full share and $400.00 for a half share.
If you are interested in becoming a farm member, please email the farm manager at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you shortly with registration information! Thanks for your interest!
At the Farm, our egg-laying chickens are a hybrid cross between a White Rock female and a Rhode Island Red male. Staying true to the Farmer’s Pledge (see above) our chicken’s diet consists of organic feed. Eggs are available to farm members during the CSA season and are sold at Manor House during the winter.
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