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Long Island City CSA JUNE 2,

Newest CSA Member! On Friday, May 30th 2008 our farmer, Katie Smith, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy! CONGRATULATIONS CHRIS AND KATIE!

JUNE 2 CSA Share:



The Far m at Miller’s Crossing The LIC CSA farmers are Chris Cashen and Katie Smith from The Farm at Miller’s Crossing, a 200 acre family farm located in Hudson New York. Of that acreage, 60 acres is used in vegetable production. We serve local farm stands, wholesale markets, and a member supported CSA with the highest quality produce. Farmer’s, Apprentices and employees help to produce over 50 different types of vegetables, many of which are heirloom and open pollinated varieties.

Our greenhouse produces vegetable and flowering bedding plants, and a small beef herd provides a source of local organic grass fed meat. The farm also participates in the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training program (CRAFT). This coalition of regional farms offers instruction for their apprentices on technical and theoretical aspects of sustainable agriculture. Organic Agriculture fosters soil fertility, crop vitality, and biological activity by working with natural systems.

By using crop rotations, cover crops, compost, and mechanical and hand cultivation, we are able to maintain a healthy and productive ecosystem on the farm free from chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.

Hard at work on the farm!

Kale - 1 Bunch Lettuce - 1 head Arugula - 1/4 lb. Radishes - 1 bunch Japanese Turnips 1 Bunch

Wha t’ s Fo r D inne r , Ma ?

What’s for suppe r, Ma? Now you can answer this question with our farmer’s produce list. These are the vegetables you’ll be receiving this CSA season:





Asian greens






Sweet Potatoes



Broccoli rabe






Celery root








Snap Peas

And More!

Brussel Sprouts Collard greens


LI C CS A C ore G rou p

Long Live the LIC CSA! If you are interested in becoming a Core Group member email Danielle:

Next CSA season, June ‘09 - Oct ‘09, the LIC CSA will not be run by a staff person, but will be run by a core group of CSA members! This ensures that as along as the community wants the LIC CSA to provide access to affordable fresh produce, it will happen. The core group is responsible for all aspects of coordinating the CSA. Some examples of core group roles are: Core Group Coordinator, Newsletter Editor, Volunteer Manager, Events Planner, Outreach Director, and others. We will be having regular meetings to

establish and develop this group. Just Food also hosts FREE workshops to guide members through various aspects of running a CSA. All are welcome to attend the upcoming workshops: June 9 2008 Mon 6-8pm

Cooking Demonstrations. Provides all the information needed to host successful cooking demonstrations.

July 14 2008 Monday 6-8pm

Member Surveys. Discuss strategies for getting feedback through a member survey, as well as responding to member feedback.

Aug 11 2008 Monday 6-8pm

Visiting the Farm. Provides everything you need to organize & conduct a successful farm visit from experienced CSA coordinators.


Ins ide Sto ry He adl ine

Member ships Still Available in the LIC CSA! “CSA is a way to create a relationship with a local farm.”

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Eat Well And Move. Wellness is a balancing act. You have to eat wholesome food for nourishment as well as exercise your body to get and stay healthy. A fun and way to get active is dancing. Our mission is to be your home for professional dance and dance education in Queens. PAGE 2

Long Island City School of Ballet offers classes for children and adults of all dance levels. Director Eric Ragan and instructor

Heather Garbrandt are principle dancers with Ballet for Young Audiences and have extensive backgrounds both performing and teaching. Visit for class schedule and more information. LIC School of Ballet 44-02 23rd St.

Eric@LICSB.COM (718)781-1169

communityorbased president, an editorial. non-profit You can also profile organization thatnew offers employees compreor top customers hensive services toorthe vendors. youth, adults, seniors and families who in reside in Queensbridge Houses. The LIC CSA hopes to increase the amount of fresh vegetables eaten by residents of Long Island City as well as tackle food affordability issues by offering a variety of flexible payment options that are viable for the neighborhood and appropriate for our farmer. We will build a greater sense of community through farm tips, potlucks, and the development of a CSA core group, all of which will connect neighbors to each other as well as to the farmers who grow their food. Memberships are still available! For more information contact Danielle Seidita at (212)741-8192 ext 5#

Long Island City CSA Newsletter  

Vol. 1, Issue 1

Long Island City CSA Newsletter  

Vol. 1, Issue 1