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 for 20 weeks beginning in mid-June through 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.
Our CSA events in RIverdale, such as the annual Spring Gathering and Fall Harvest Potluck Dinner, as well as visits to the farm also offer members opportunities to build a strong sense of community with other CSA members.
Our CSA reaches further into the local community through a partnership with the Riverdale Neighborhood House. We helped create and support a program that introduces local young people to nutritious fresh produce, provides cooking and gardening instruction, and, when possible, includes a visit farms and community gardens in New York City.
In addition, every week the CSA contributes surplus produce to Riverdale Senior Services, located just over the city line in Yonkers, which provides free meals to people in need.
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