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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Winter 17-18 Member Satisfaction Survey

We’re pleased to announce the results of our Winter 17-18 Member Satisfaction Survey:

We received 9 responses.

How satisfied are you with the Kew Gardens CSA Winter Share?

– 33.3% were extremely satisfied
– 55.6% were satisfied
– 11.1% were neutral

How satisfied are you with the farm (Garden of Eve)?

– 55.6% were extremely satisfied
– 22.2% were satisfied
– 22.2% were neutral

Would you sign up for the Winter Share next year?

– 55.6% responded YES
– 33.3% responded maybe
– 11.1% responded no

Do you plan on signing up for the 2018 Summer/Fall Share?

– 44.4% responded YES
– 33.3% responded that they had already signed up (can’t wait!)
– 22.2% responded no

 

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Have further thoughts, impressions or suggestions to share in relation to your Winter CSA experience? — you’re welcome to share on our Kew Gardens CSA Facebook members group.

End of our CSA Winter Share

This Sunday concluded our first Winter CSA season.  Special thanks and due recognition to Nelson Gerena, our Winter CSA Coordinator, who kept things going in the mostly chilly weather.

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The last Garden of Eve Winter vegetable share included: three dozen eggs, spinach, pea shoots, leeks, scallions, kale, Claytonia baby lettuce, broccolini, Minutina winter greens, chives, baking potatoes, spinach and carrots.

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Sorry you missed out? — SIGNUPS ARE STILL OPEN for the 2018 Summer/Fall CSA season.

Please join us for our second year of farm fresh vegetables, eggs, fruit, bread, cheese, meat, flowers and craft beer. Pick up weekly or every other week at the Kew Gardens Cinemas park on Sunday mornings.

  • More info at www.kewgardenscsa.org
  • Email questions to — kewgardenscsa@gmail.com
  • Or visit the website of Garden of Eve Organic Farm and see your share options. www.gardenofevefarm.com (Select location: “Kew Gardens Sunday”)

Crafts and more: Earth Day at Kew & Willow

I had a great time organizing our Earth Day event at Kew & Willow Books on Lefferts Boulevard on April 22nd.  I got to speak with many community members, parents, and kids about our CSA and our different types of shares.  The kids all had a great time making crafts from recycled cardboard tubes and listening to my husband, Bob, read Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax and other books selected by the Kew and Willow staff: Biscuit’s Earth Day Celebration and Fancy Nancy: Every Day is Earth Day

-Lauren