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Notes about the 2013 registration process:

Registration will now be done through our farm (Garden Of Eve) website. When you click on the link it will take you to a listing of CSAs. Be sure to click the UWS location.  This site offers online payment options.

The transportation fee is based on a percentage of what you actually order. It is a flat 7.5%. 

We are asking you to volunteer for 1 hour and a half shift this season based on the amount of work we had to do to set up last year. We realize that may prove burdensome to some of you and we will work with you to satisfy this requirement in other ways if necessary.

Please read the following sections carefully.

About CSA at Ansche Chesed

Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a mutually beneficial partnership where urban consumers receive fresh, nutritious vegetables while helping to sustain the livelihoods and stewardship of regional farmers.  In a CSA arrangement the farmer pre-sells "shares" in his or her farm's upcoming harvest to individuals, families, and institutions in the city.  The share price goes to the cost of growing, distributing, and paying the farmer a living wage.

One aspect of CSA is that members support their farmer by sharing in the inherent risks of agriculture (poor weather, drought, disease, early frost, crop failure and so on) and rewards (the bounty from a good season) involved in farming. CSA farmers purposely plan for such contingencies, and use growing techniques that protect the harvest, minimize risk to members, and optimize the rewards:  growing a wide variety of crops that thrive in different types of conditions; cover cropping, crop rotation, and irrigation. Moreover, the CSA builds relationships of trust between the farmer and community group. On a whole, members will get a wide variety of vegetables in plentiful amounts.

Membership Agreement

I understand the principle and agree that there is no guarantee on the exact amount or type of produce I will receive in my share.  By participating in the CSA, I am supporting the local farmer as well as more equitable food distribution, and I am helping to create a more environmentally just, economically fair and healthy society.
As a member, I commit to pick up my weekly delivery Wednesday nights at Ansche Chesed at 251 West 100th Street (at West End Avenue) between 5:30-7:30pm. Due to Jewish holidays, some pick up dates in September and October will be changed. The CSA will send alternate dates as we get closer to them. I understand that if I do not pick up my share it will be donated to a low-income family or an emergency food provider.   
As part of my membership I also agree to volunteer a minimum of 1 shift (per household) during the season.

Share Information

Half Shares - Half shares will be distributed on a bi-weekly basis.  Members will be assigned to an "A" or "B" week and will pick up a full share every other week.   
Vegetable Shares - Anyone purchasing a fruit,egg or flower share must also purchase a vegetable share.   
Administrative Fee - All members pay a $10 admin fee that goes towards administrative fees over the course of the season.   
Transportation Fee - Due to the difficulties of transporting and delivering produce in Manhattan, Garden of Eve has had to institute a transportation fee of 7.5%. This does not apply to the admin fee.
Season Dates - This year, the season begins June 5 and runs for 24 weeks.
Tzedakah - An integral aspect of CSA at Ansche Chesed is making sure food is not wasted.  Any produce left over from weekly pickup will be donated to a local soup kitchen, as an act of tzedakah.

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