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Are you open to the public?
Our grounds are open to the public, but please refrain from entering the fields or farm buildings before getting permission.
Where is the office? Where is the coop?
Please refer to this map to help you find your way around the farm. The office is closest to the parking lot and the coop is down the PFP farm lane.
What are your hours of operation?
Please refer the the office and farm hours on our contact us page for the current hours. Both the farm and the offices are seasonal. During the winter, the farm is closed and the office personnel are available by phone or appointment.
How do I contact you?
Do you allow dogs?
Dogs are not permitted in fields or in the distribution tent while produce is present. While dogs are allowed on Vassar Farm property, we do have a working farm dog and so we discourage dog owners walking their dogs through the farm.
Can anyone do Pick-Your-Own
Pick-Your-Own is only available for CSA shareholders. Why don't you consider becoming one?
How does your CSA work?
Each week, we will have a variety of produce for you to come choose from. Pick up is at the farm. Some items are Pick-Your-Own. To learn more visit our CSA page.
How do I sign up for a share?
Easily! Fill out our CSA sign-up form, print it, and mail it to us along with your payment. You'll receive confirmation once we've received and processed your form.
How much does a share cost?
That depends on whether you are a working share, the season(s) you are signing up for, and the size of your share. Check out our CSA packages to help you figure out what size and type of share is best for you. If you feel you are not able to afford a share, you may qualify for a sponsored share. Please contact us for more info.
What produce is in the share?
Our shares will vary from week to week and season to season. We focus on growing vegetables and some fruits such as berries and melons. While we always incorporate fun and interesting vegetables, we provide many of the staples that families use, when they are in season. Some of our produce, including flowers, are included as a Pick-Your-Own
Are you organic?
While we are not certified organic, we do follow organic principles. We are Certified Naturally Grown and are proud of that certification. Please ask us any questions you may have about our growing practices.
What is the membership fee about?
Part of our organization's mission is to work toward a just and sustainable food system by providing education about food and farming, and improving access to healthy locally-grown food. Your membership fee allows you to be a member of the organization and helps further our mission. Plus you'll, receive newsletters, as well as get free plants and swag at our annual Spring Plant Sale.
When does pick-up (distribution) start and end?
We will confirm our first and last pick-ups with shareholders as they draw near. You can also check for beginning and end dates on our CSA Resources page. In general, summer pick up starts the 1st week of June and ends the last week of August. Fall pick up begins the 1st week September and ends the 1st week November. The full season is 23 weeks long.
How do I sign up for shareholder work hours?
We organize shareholder work hours through this site. Here is a great tutorial on how to sign up. If you have any further questions about signing up for shareholder work hours, contact our work hours coordinator.
What are the hours for picking up the share?
If you have a Tuesday pick-up, the hours are 3:00 to 6:30pm. If you have a Saturday pick-up, the hours are 9:00am to 12:00pm. These hours are firm on both ends—if you cannot make the pick-up because of an emergency, please contact us.
What happens if I miss a share pick up or I want to switch days?
If you know you're going to miss a pick-up, please let us know in advance by filling out this form. Shareholders are allowed to switch their pick-up day up to two times per season, as long as we are given prior notice. If you've already missed your pick-up, your share won't go to waste! We donate much of the produce at the end of distribution to emergency food organizations and resources in our area. To learn more about where donated food goes, visit our Food Justice page.
What happens if I don't do the shareholder work hours?
We strongly encourage our shareholders to consider their commitment of time and energy when signing up for a working-share. If you do not complete your hours before the end of the season, you will be billed at the rate of $15 per hour for un-worked hours and you will not be able to sign up for next season until your balance is paid.
What is the Early Bird Share and how do I sign up for it?
Our Early Bird Share is great! It's an additional pick-up the week before Thanksgiving that is offered to current shareholders who sign up for the next season. Early Bird sign-up happens from late-September to mid-October, after which Early Bird sign-up is closed and regular sign-up begins.
How does Pick-Your-Own (PYO) work? When can I do PYO?
The PYO component of the share is a great way to get connected to the farm and enjoy everything the farm has to offer. Please see our latest blog post about the subject to get all the info you need about picking hours and tips for a successful and fair harvest. If you have any further questions, or you want to make sure something is still in season, you can always contact us.
Is my online donation secure?
In a word, yes. Your online donation is processed through PayPal in a secure manner. For more information about PayPal's security measures, visit here.
Do you have your 501(c)3 status?
Yes! We've been a 501(c)3 organization since 2004!
Where does my donation go?
When you donate, you can choose what program your donation goes toward. If you do not choose a program, your donation, in the form of a membership, will go toward the organizational operating budget and will help us further our mission as a whole. When choosing a membership level for the CSA, any amount over $25 counts as a general donation to the organization. The first $25 of the membership goes towards admin expenses.
Will I get a letter confirming my donation?
Yes! If you've donated a dollar amount at or above $250.00 and you've provided a mailing address with your donation, you will get a letter confirming the amount of your donation. If you've made a significant in-kind donation and request a confirmation letter, you will receive a letter confirming the item you have donated. It is up to you to assign your donation's value.
How do I sign up for a farm visit?
You can use this form to sign up for a group visit to the farm. If you'd like to know more about what we do with groups during farm visits, please see our Farm Visits page. If you are an individual and would like a structured farm visit, please contact us.
What should I wear to a farm visit?
You will be most comfortable in clothes that can get dirty, and sneakers or boots. Be sure to wear clothing that's appropriate for the weather, which may include raincoats, hats, sweaters, gloves. The weather can change and layers are useful. Chaperones as well as youth should be dressed appropriately as all members of a visiting group will be in the field.
Can you help me with my school garden?
Our Summer Institute: Using Gardens to Teach workshop is designed for educators who need support in using garden learning as part of their curriculum and in finding resources to help maintain or grow their school gardens. Please see our Growing City Seeds page for more information and resources.
What if I want to learn more about gardening?
On or off farm, we'll help you learn! You can attend on of our upcoming workshops, or you can stop by the farm on Wednesdays from 4-6pm and volunteer in our Seed and/or Medication Gardens for a hands-on gardening experience.
How do I become an apprentice/intern?
Farm interns and apprentices are usually hired by the farm team between seasons. We post these openings on the Careers page in the fall, around late October. Education interns are hired through Vassar's Community Fellows program, and through other participating universities.
When do you post apprenticeships/internships?
Our farm apprenticeships and internships are posted in the fall, usually around late October. Keep an eye on the Careers page around then. Education internships are posted through Vassar's Community Fellows program. The education team also accepts interns through other colleges and institutions, if available.
I have a special skill and want to volunteer, what now?
Great! Sometimes we need help on the farm with specific projects. Contact us and let us know that you'd like to help out! We'd be happy to talk and see if you can apply your skills to a project for our organization.
What will I receive as a Poughkeepsie Farm Project CSA sponsored shareholder?
You will receive an average of 5-10 pounds of produce per week, depending on the size share you select.
When and where can I pick up my vegetables?
You may pick up your vegetables at the farm either on Tuesdays between 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm or Saturdays from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm, depending on which pick-up you choose.
Please refer to this map to help you find your way around the farm. The main part of the share is picked up at the distribution tent and pick-your-own is in the fields.
How much will I pay for my vegetables?
A Sponsored Share costs between $2 and $14 per week, depending on what you can afford. You may pay weekly, monthly, or upfront at the beginning of the season. Sponsored Shareholders are encouraged to volunteer and visit the farm; however, the payment for the share is not increased if you cannot do so. You may make your payment when you pick up your vegetables. We accept food stamps/SNAP.
When will I receive my vegetables?
You will receive your vegetables each week beginning in June through early November if you choose a full season share, June through August for a summer share, or September through early November if you choose a fall share.
What size shares are available?
We have two sizes available, a standard share and a small share. A standard share is designed for a small family of four or two vegetarians while a small share is roughly half the size of a standard share, designed for an individual or a family that doesn’t eat a lot of vegetables.
How do I apply for a sponsored share?
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