What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA is an alternative, locally-based model of food distribution where farmers and customers ("shareholders") share the benefits and the risks of growing food. CSA shareholders make a commitment to support the farm and in return, the farm provides a bountiful supply of seasonal, fresh produce throughout the growing months.
During the winter, shareholders purchase a share of the upcoming season's harvest. We use this money to buy seeds, equipment, fertilizers, and other things we will need for the farming season. By the time the first crops are ready for harvest, we have sold all of our shares and can focus all of our energy on growing food.
How our CSA works
At our CSA, we maximize your options. Shareholders pick the season, share size, and hours they wish to work (if any), as well as the items in their weekly share.
All shareholders pick up their shares at the farm during our weekly Distribution. Shareholders choose their favorite fruits and veggies from 15 to 20 different crops and can add to their weekly shares with Pick Your Own crops. Distribution is also a time for us to get to know you and for you to get to know PFP's community and spend time outside enjoying the farm.
We have several different packages, depending on how many weeks you want to receive shares and how much produce you want in each share. We also offer work shares and non-work shares. If you choose a work share, you get a discount on the cost of your share in exchange for working on the farm.
New! PFP is pleased to share two opportunities to its membership - coffee and meat shares from two trusted local vendors! Please contact them directly to set up shares.
Poughkeepsie’s only coffee roaster, North River Roasters (NRR), will be available right here at the farm!
Modeled after the farm CSA, NRR offers Community Supported Coffee Roasting (CSCR) subscriptions that gives subscribers freshly roasted coffee each week. NRR coffee is sourced from farms that provide fair wages to their workers, employ sustainable farming methods, and represent the diversity of Poughkeepsie.
Four Legs Farm, which many PFP members enjoyed in 2015, is jumping into its second season with gusto. Leanna Mulvihill is farming on leased land in Germantown, NY. She raises sheep, pigs and cows for meat shares. The animals are pasture-raised in a management intensive system with only non-GMO grain. She has meat share distributions at Poughkeepsie Farm Project, in the Village of New Paltz and in Germantown.
There is a first-time shareholder fee of $50 and as members shareholders donate a minimum of $25 a year to help ensure the farm remains operational. Hours listed for work shares are total work hours for the season. We accept full payments or deposits. Deposits must include first-time shareholder fee, membership fee, and CSA share deposit (or full CSA payment in full). Account balances are due by April 1.
PFP requires all CSA shareholders to become members. Membership fees help support our Education and Food Share Programs. Please choose a membership level and indicate your choice on your application.
of freshly harvested produce, from June to November
Pick Your Own
berries, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, herbs, and more
250 lbs of food
in last year's full-season, large share
connect with your neighbors and PFP staff at Distribution
of seasonal vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers to choose from.
34,555 lbs of food donations thanks to your membership