The Riverdale CSA was established in 1996 in collaboration with Riverdale Neighborhood House in Bronx, New York. CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture, is a unique partnership between a specific farm and a group of consumers. Membership in our CSA means receiving a share of the weekly garden harvest of Hawthorne Valley Farm (HVF) for 22 weeks beginning in early-to-mid June and going until late October. It also means coming to know and understand the life of this particular farm and supporting the farmers in their efforts to grow healthy, nutritious food in a way that is environmentally responsible.
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Our pre-pandemic CSA events in Riverdale have included the annual Spring Gathering and Fall Harvest Potluck Dinner, as well as visits to the farm, offering members opportunities to build a strong sense of community with other CSA members. We hope to resume these opportunities when pandemic safety precautions allow.
Our CSA reaches further into the local community through a partnership with Riverdale Neighborhood House. Most recently, this collaboration has involved hiring some of the interns from their summer youth employment program to work at our site.
Every week, the CSA and HVF donate produce to the newly established RNH food pantry, in addition to contributing surplus produce to Riverdale Senior Services, located in the Century building in Spuyten Duyvil, which provides free meals to people in need.
Joining the CSA also provides the opportunity for additional pre-orders with Lewis Waite Farm (LWF), who partner with over 60 small farms and producers from NYS and VT to offer a wide variety of products. They make deliveries to our CSA on alternate weeks. Go here to learn more about LWF:
Once the growing season ends, we offer a Winter Season, for which we partner with Windflower Farm to provide monthly farm boxes from November through May. Monthly Lewis Waite Farm preorders are also available through our Winter Season program.
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