2017-04-21 / Community

Farm Share Coming To Rockaway

By Gail Johnson


On Saturday, April 8, residents who are “unhappy with the quality and cost of fruits and vegetables in Rockaway” were invited to join the Rockaway Farm Share. On Saturday, April 8, residents who are “unhappy with the quality and cost of fruits and vegetables in Rockaway” were invited to join the Rockaway Farm Share. The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA), based in the Rockaway Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE) Center, 58–03 Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Arverne, has partnered with food justice advocate organization Just Foods and Sang Lee Farms to form a Farm Share program in Rockaway.

On Saturday, April 8, residents who are “unhappy with the quality and cost of fruits and vegetables in Rockaway” were invited to join the Rockaway Farm Share.

The mission of the Farm Share, sometimes known as a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), “is to bring affordable, fresh, certified organic produce direct from the farm to the Rockaway community.”

Intergenerational social events, cooking demonstrations, Farm Share Dinners and farm visits are planned to bring Farm Share members, youth and mature adults together as one Rockaway community around healthy food.


Sang Lee Farms is joining with Just Food and RWA to form a Farm Share program in Rockaway Sang Lee Farms is joining with Just Food and RWA to form a Farm Share program in Rockaway Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,300 miles from farm to supermarket. Almost every state in the U.S. buys 85 percent of its food someplace else.

The partnership with Sang Lee Farms will ensure chemical free, certified organic vegetables delivered directly to the RISE center, at the corner of Beach 59th Street, every Wednesday from May 31 to November 15 between 4 and 7 p.m., at prices that are lower than those at a supermarket or a farmers market.

The Farm Share will enable community members to sign up and purchase their share; either in a lump sum or in several installments throughout the growing season. This way, the production expenses of Sang Lee Farms are guaranteed and in return for their investment, Rockaway Farm Share members will receive 25 weeks of organic vegetables.

The initial Rockaway Farm Share can include lettuce, kale, spinach, sugar snap peas, carrots, cucumbers, leeks and asparagus. Later in the growing season, the Farm Share can include tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, corn, broccoli, cauliflower, squash and potatoes.

To ensure their commitment to easily accessible fresh vegetables for all members of the Rockaway community, The Rockaway Farm Share membership is based on income and the number of people splitting the share. There are reduced rates for those members who have children under 18, members over the age of 65, members with incomes below $40,000, members who have SNAP/EBT and RISE Farm Share volunteers.

Members who can afford a little more are asked to donate a little extra for those who cannot.

Membership before discounts ranges from $15 per week ($60 per month) for a half share to $30 per week ($120 per month) for a full share.

Members must pay at least one month in advance by May 1 to ensure their membership in the Rockaway Farm Share. Payments can be made online or by check.

Additionally, in partnership with Briermere Farms, a fruit share will be available for 18 weeks, from July 5 to November 1. In the early summer months of the season, the fruit share will include berries and rhubarb and in the late summer months will include apples and pears.

Go to www.rwalliance.org to fill out the RISE Farm Share survey. For more information contact Judah Asimov at: jasimov@rwalliance.org or call 718-327-5919.

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