CCNYC 2019 Neighborhood Grant

We are happy to announce that the Kew Gardens CSA received a 2019 Neighborhood Grant from the Citizen’s Committee for New York City (CCNYC). The grant is for a revolving loan program, which will help us expand our membership and provide access to farm fresh food for our neighbors. Thank you, CCNYC!

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BRIARWOOD

 

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The Kew Gardens CSA has several members from Briarwood, and a small group of them is hoping for a site over near the Briarwood library for 2019. All of this takes work and community support. You may have seen us passing out fliers and taking names for a list of interested neighbors. Can you help us recruit in Briarwood?

Update: The Briarwood CSA will be biweekly in year one. Pickups will be by the Briarwood subway/library. Contact us at: briarwoodcsa@gmail.com. Website:  www.briarwoodcsa.org . And, we are on Twitter and Facebook @briarwoodcsa.

At the County Fair

 

We had a great time tabling at the County Fair of the Queens County Farm Museum on Saturday, talking CSA with fair visitors from all over Queens and encouraging them to join a neighborhood CSA group.

We were so happy to see our KG friends and members, as well as friends from Glendale CSA. It really gave us a boost. Special thx to Ron from the Core group–without him this would not have worked. I learned a lot about his love of nature and his activities around Queens wildlife spots.

And we stopped and shopped at the market.

Why not become a member of the Queens County Farm Museum? News, events, discounts…and you support a great institution.

They don’t know it, but I was greatly impressed by the students from John Bowne H. S. Looks like they have a great program there.

We thank the wonderful folks at Queens County Farm Museum. And we especially thank Amy Boncardo, the amazing organizer, for her generosity and positive energy. Thank you, Amy!

—Kevin B., KGCSA Core Group

 

 

Kew Gardens Community Arts Day

This Sunday, September 9th, from 11am-5pm is Kew Gardens Community Arts Day all along Lefferts Blvd. and Austin St., including Kew Gardens Cinemas Park.

To accommodate this community event, we are shortening our distribution on 9/9/18 by 30min: 9:30am-11am.  We will also be tabling in front of the Queens Dollar Store on Lefferts next to Pink Lily.  Feel free to stop by or volunteer!

Kew Gardens Community Arts Day Poster 2018

2018 Kew Gardens Community Arts Day

Helpful Documentation for CSA Members

NEED TO KEEP TRACK OF “A” or “B” WEEKS? – Please bookmark our website calendar here, or save the dates to your own Google calendar.

REMINDER: Please make sure to sign up for at least ONE distribution volunteer shift. Volunteering and meeting your neighbors is a key part of the CSA experience. Just comment on your preferred spots on the linked Google doc and we’ll assign the first member to that shift.

Here are some relevant docs for our CSA Members:

Garden of Eve CSA Membership Agreement

Garden of Eve CSA Member Handbook

 

Kew Gardens Farm-To-Table Group Begins Second Season

The Kew Gardens CSA kicks off its second year on Sunday, June 10th, 2018.

“Last summer was great,” organizer and founding member Kevin Burns said, “but we really want to get the word out to the greater Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill and Briarwood communities. Sustainable, organic, direct-from-farm vegetables and fruit is here to stay.”

CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture, is a model which involves members picking up, either weekly or bi-weekly, a large box of seasonal vegetables grown on local farms. For Kew Gardens, vegetables are provided from the Garden of Eve, an organic family farm in nearby Riverhead, Long Island. (Fruits, cheese, flowers and eggs and homemade beer are also available for an extra charge.)

Pick-ups are conducted Sunday mornings from June 10th into mid-November in Kew Gardens Cinema park, at the corner of Lefferts Boulevard and Austin Street. “We’re received a lot of support in the community,” Laura Feldman Hay, one of the group leaders, said.

Christopher Blosser, a member, said the CSA was a welcome addition to the neighborhood. “It brings together those with a common interest in healthy cooking and social justice, providing an opportunity to become acquainted with (and have a financial share in) a local organic farm,” he said. “There are CSA’s in other parts of Queens, but having one operating from Kew Gardens is convenient for us as well as our neighbors.”

New members are being accepted through the first week of June. Sign-ups are done via the farm’s website: gardenofevefarm.com

To learn more, go to kewgardenscsa.org or email kewgardenscsa@gmail.com

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