About the Program
NOFA-NY's Neighborhood Farm Share Program provides limited-income residents of Buffalo and Rochester with financial support to participate in local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. CSAs give you access to some of the freshest, organic vegetables around - every week! All our CSA farmers are either Certified Organic or Farmer's Pledge.
How does CSA work?
During the winter and early spring, a CSA farmer works with a consumer group to sell shares in the upcoming harvest to individuals, families, and institutions. During the late spring, summer and fall, the farmer delivers a wide variety of produce once a week to a community site where members pick up their weekly share. Each share includes a variety of fresh-picked, seasonal vegetables and fruits grown without chemical pesticides. Some CSAs also provide access to flowers, herbs, eggs, dairy, and meat (sometimes at an additional cost.) CSAs provide affordable, nutritious, locally grown food to neighborhoods from a trusted source: farmers. CSAs support the local economy by giving local, small-scale, family farmers a secure market to sell their produce, which frees them to focus on growing. CSAs also provide access to high-quality food that promotes community health.
Farming is an inherently risky activity. CSA members join with their farmers in bearing that risk. That means if there are weather conditions that damage crop yield, we all carry the loss, not just the farmer. It also means that for CSA there are no refunds - unless you move away.
How does the Neighborhood Farm Share Program work?
Participants receive up to a $100 reduction in cost for a CSA share from a local farm. The participant pays the remainder of the cost of the share. EBT/Food stamps are accepted and payments can be made in increments. Each farm has a slightly different price and delivery schedule.
The ideal participant:
- Has access to transportation and ability to commit to picking up shares on a weekly basis
- Enjoys cooking and experimenting with new foods
- Desires to increase fresh, local, and chemical-free fruits and vegetables in their diet
Please note that the Income Eligibility Guidelines table above, refers to net income earned.
This year’s Rochester partner CSA farms:
- Peacework Organic CSA
- Growing Family Farms
- Wild Hill Farm
- Mud Creek Farm
- The Good Food Collective
- Porter Farms
- Buzz's Garden
Buffalo partner CSA farms:
- Porter Farms
- Thorpes Organic Family Farm
- 5 Loaves Farm
- Green Shoots for New Americans
- Back Porch Produce
If you are interested in being part of the Neighborhood Farm Share program, please click here for the Buffalo application, and here for the Rochester application. Applications are due by May 15, 2017.
Want to help more people have access to fresh, healthy produce? All donations made now through Wednesday, May 10 will go to support our Neighborhood Farm Share program. Through your support, more limited-income residents in Rochester and Buffalo will have the opportunity to join a CSA program and have access to affordable produce grown without chemical pesticides. Click here , call our office at (585) 271-1979, or send a check to NOFA-NY noting "Neighborhood Farm Share" in the comment line.