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This is the link to sign up for the 2022 share, deadline for signup is May 31st:

https://csa.farmigo.com/join/farmspot

This year we are offering a non-certified, organically-grown Vegetable Share from Angel Family Farm (please see previous post for more info on the farm!). The share will include enough to feed a family of 3-4 people. The season will run for 20 weeks, from June 16th – October 27th, 2022.

MEET THE FARMERS at a virtual meet + greet on SUNDAY, APRIL 3rd at 6pm. Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81148071982?pwd=OGY0dkpUa25xcUYwNTMzaWRQUVlnZz09 (if you can’t make it live, we will have a recording of the Zoom session available – just let us know!)

Distribution is Thursdays, 5:30 – 8:00pm at St. Mark’s Church, 33-50 82nd St., Jackson Heights, NY. Please note: we cannot save shares as we have no access to refrigeration. If you can’t make it to pick up, you can ask a friend/neighbor/family member to pick up your share. They simply need to know the name that the share is listed under. All unclaimed shares will be donated at the end of the evening either to Lion’s Share Food Pantry or the Jackson Heights Community Fridge.

Prices: Full Price Vegetable Share – $700 for 20 weeks (please note: across the board, all CSAs that we have been in contact with have had to increase their prices for the year, including Golden Earthworm.)

Subsidized Vegetable Share: $350 for 20 weeks There are a limited number of subsidized vegetable shares for members who cannot afford the full price. If you only need a half share, please consider splitting a share with another household who needs a subsidized share – we can help you find someone to split with.

Donations: As you may know, we run on extremely slim margins in order to keep the price for the share affordable and to be able to offer a very limited amount of subsidized shares to community members in need. Please consider making a donation to Farm Spot so that we can fundraise for subsidized shares. Subsidized shares are available now through this sign up link.

Volunteer shifts:
The requirement for membership will still be two shifts per share. We are 100% volunteer run and really value the time that you spend helping to make this happen in our neighborhood. Please remember that volunteering is part of your responsibility as a Farm Spot member. Megan, our volunteer coordinator, will email with details about volunteer sign ups. As a note, two households splitting a share are required to do a combined two shifts in total.


Splitting shares:

In past years, Farm Spot has encouraged members to look for share partners on social media and community message boards. People have been known to find share partners on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/farmspotcsa/) or on jacksonheightslife.com . If you cannot find a share on your own, please email farmspot@gmail.com and we will do our best to match you with a share partner.

 

We are excited to announce that Farm Spot CSA will now be partnering with Angel Family Farm!

The Angel Family

The Angel Family

Ana is the head farmer. Crisostomo, Ana’s husband, farms and is the driver.


Ana & Crisostomo

Lizbeth, their eldest daughter, farms and is in charge of Finance & Outreach. David, her fiance, farms with the Angels. Ana and Cristosomo’s son, Henry, has another full-time job but helps out. They also have two teenage daughters who help when they can.


History of Angel Family Farm

Ana grew up on a farm in Progreso, Mexico, where everyone farmed organically, although there was no such word in the local lexicon. 

Anna and Chrisostomo immigrated to the USA in the 1980s. They lived in Brooklyn and worked various jobs to help raise their four kids, but Ana missed farm life. In 2004,  Ana heard about and was accepted to the Grow NYC’s New Farmer Development Project, which helps immigrants with agricultural experience establish small farms. She trained in organic techniques, got help procuring seeds, finding land, and making connections. Two years later, the Angels became a farming family – at least on weekends and in the summer, when they drive up from Brooklyn to work their fields and live in a trailer on the farm. The family owns 15 acres and rents 25 in Goshen, NY, the black dirt region in Orange County, NY, a 1.5 hour drive northwest from Queens. In the winter, they live in Brooklyn and work other jobs. They sow the early season seeds in their apartment, and they bring the plants to Goshen when they are ready to be planted. They have several CSAs and also sell at several farmers’ markets. With this year’s addition of three CSAs (Farm Spot, Sunnyside CSA, and Forest Hills CSA) they hope to grow more for CSAs and decrease their market sales.


Farming Practices

The Angels follow organic practices but are not certified organic. The soil in the Black Dirt Region is very fertile, and they use few machines in their farming, so the soil needs little nourishment. The only fertilizer they use is compost which they make from any of their vegetables that are not in edible condition. They do not use any pesticides, but sometimes use pepper spray (as allowed in organic certification) as a deterrent to insects and mammals. 

They use crop rotation to minimize pests and for soil health. They have a tractor, but most of their farming is done by hand. They weed by hand and with handheld hoes. They mainly buy organic seeds but sometimes buy non-organic, untreated seeds when they can’t find the seeds they want organically certified, as is allowed on certified organic farms. They do not use GMO or treated seeds. All the produce in our shares is from their farm. They use a well on the farm for irrigation, which is infrequently needed. Most of their electricity is solar. This past winter, they purchased a small plot of land near their primary farmland. This plot has electricity, and they bought a walk-in refrigerator to keep our harvested vegetables fresh until distribution. Their delivery truck is also refrigerated. 


Our CSA Shares

Angel Family Farm will deliver fresh vegetables to Farm Spot for pick up every Thursday, 5:30 – 8:15pm, for 20 weeks, June 16th through October 27th, 2022 at St. Mark’s Church, 33-50 82nd St, Jackson Heights, NY. You will receive a generous amount of 6-8 different vegetable varieties, including herbs, that will change from week to week as the season progresses. For past Farm Spot members, it will be similar in size to Golden Earthworm’s shares, but with five fewer weeks to the season, due to the shorter farming season in Orange County.

Prices: Vegetable Share is $700 for the season (20 weeks)

Subsidized* Vegetable Share is $350 for the season (20 weeks)

*limited number of subsidized shares available


Share Examples:

Early season: kale, chamomile, green lettuce, red lettuce, garlic scapes, mizuna

Peak season: zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, fresh onions, collard greens, carrots, peppermint, potatoes

Late season: winter squash/pumpkin, thyme, onions, potatoes, carrots, beets, celery, kale

A sample peak season share
The crop plan for 2022 ought to be very similar to this one from 2021!


You can learn a lot more about Angel Family Farm
online:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AngelFamilyFarm

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angelfamilyfarm/

A recent article on them in Dirt Magazine https://tinyurl.com/dirtmagAngelFamilyFarm

A farm video, produced by JustFood in 2012: http://vimeo.com/45161846

A Brooklyn Beet CSA Farm Visit: https://vimeo.com/316620678
They also have lots of brief Youtube videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK4c48FkwSMgQYw7TXWdKkA/videos

They were featured in the film, “What’s on your Plate?” Available on https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/whats-on-your-plate or  Amazon Prime