Thanks to everyone who came out to meet the Farmer and hear all out the South Shore CSA and the Mid Island CSA registration process and how the CSA will function for the 2014 season.
It was a successful night!
- GRANTS: Thanks to one of our CORE MEMBERS, Celina Ramsey, we filed 2 grant applications with the Citizens Committee for NYC for both the SSCSA and the MICSA for the 2014 season. ONLY if granted, money will be allocated for start up supplies such as scales, tables, etc while a bulk of the grant money will serve for 2 revolving loan shares (both vegetable and fruit shares) for each CSA for 2 families affected by HURRICANE VICTIMS. This will allow those 2 selected families to pay for their shares on a weekly basis rather than upfront. We also hope to use a portion of the shares to pay for transportation costs to the farm for respective Farm Days.
- CORE MEMBER POSITIONS: Potential CSA members stepped up and we have acquired our maximum number of SITE COORDINATORS for the MICSA! We are still looking to fill 2-3 SITE COORDINATOR positions for the SSCSA and we are still in need of filling numerous other CORE MEMBER job descriptions. Take a look at both websites 'Members' pages for a positions still available.
- JUST FOOD CONFERENCE: Registration for the JUST FOOD CONFERENCE is currently underway. This year's conference will take place on April 5-6 at Teachers College in partnership with the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy. Saturday's programming includes numerous intensives and tours at locations around the city, capped off with a networking reception and fundraiser. Sunday is full day of food talks, workshops, and a farmer panel. If you are a foodie, than this is for you! Visit http://bit.ly/jfconf14 for more details, including ticket prices and scholarship information.
- MEETING AGAINST GMOs: If you are interested in attending a STATEN ISLAND event against GMOs, see the information on this FACEBOOK LINK. The event will take place on FEBRUARY 26, 2014 at 7pm at the Path Family Center, 1779 Richmond Avenue, 3rd Floor, Staten Island, NY 10314. CSA member STEPHANIE LOCRICCHIO will be hosting the event. She brings with her, an extensive breadth of knowledge regarding health and nutrition. Hope to see you there! ALL ARE WELCOMED!
MISSED THE FIRST 2 COMMUNITY MEETINGS? If you missed this meeting and the last one in 2013 and are interested in a 3rd, we may consider hosting a final 2014 informational meeting in April, but we need your interest and commitment to attend. CONTACT us to inform us what day of the week and time works for you!
Our goal is to bring organic produce to 150 families for both the South Shore CSA (75 families) and the Mid Island CSA (75 families) for the 2014 season!