Bayard Cutting Arboretum CSA is made up of members, 120 families in 2014, who pay a membership fee in the spring, and who come to the farm on either Wednesday or Saturday to pick up their vegetables, herbs and flowers from May until October. We offer over 150 varieties of vegetables and berries, 15 different types of culinary herbs, and flowers, which members can pick. Members may purchase eggs on a first come first served basis from our flock of egg laying hens. Members are encouraged to participate in seeding, planting, maintaining the field, and harvesting the crops in order to reap all the benefits of connecting to the farm, the land and to each other.
Part of Bayard Cutting Arboretum CSA’s mission is to grow high quality, organic produce for its members using sustainable practices that protect the soil and water. We strive to maintain the growing field to the high standards of the Arboretum and to make the farm a welcoming place for the many people who visit each day. We seek to build community among farm members who are encouraged to participate in a wide range of farm activities, workshops, and events. Finally our goal is to educate the public through site visits and newsletters. We offered an education program to middle school aged children who participate in a wide variety of hands on activities including, planting, but not limited to harvesting, learning about compost, and the difference between good and bad bugs in the garden.
Bayard Cutting Arboretum CSA farm is not a certified organic farm, however, we sign and follow the guidelines of the Northeast Farmer’s Association of New York (NOFA-NY) Farmer’s Pledge which describes guidelines that the farmer promises to follow to ensure that the food is responsibly grown, using organic and sustainable practices. The farmer promises to grow the healthiest food possible under conditions that help preserve the land on which it is grown.
To find out more about NOFA-NY click HERE.
An application must be completed before becoming a member. Members must pay for the cost of their farm share in full before the season begins and although working for the farm is not required, members are encouraged to volunteer time for the benefit of the farm. The number of members depends on many factors and we currently have a wait list for membership. The best way to become a member is to put your name on the mailing and wait lists. The sooner you place your name on the wait list, the better chance you have of becoming a member. You will receive our newsletters and you will be invited to participate in farm workshops and social events. As soon as an opening becomes available, you will be notified.
To put your name on the mailing and wait list, please call the farm office at (631) 256-5048 or email the Farm Manger Jen here.
The cost of membership in 2015: $725 for a full share
At the Farm, our egg-laying chickens are a hybrid cross between a White Rock female and a Rhode Island Red male. Staying true to the Farmer’s Pledge (see above) our chicken’s diet consists of organic feed. Currently eggs are only available for CSA members.
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