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
The 2016 Neighboorhood Farm Share program is now closed, but check back next spring to participate in the 2017 program!