Group Looking to Start New CSA in Hunters Point

By Jeanmarie Evelly on January 25, 2013 12:49pm 

 Residents in Hunters Point, Long Island City, are looking to start a new CSA farm share in the neighborhood.
Residents in Hunters Point, Long Island City, are looking to start a new CSA farm share in the neighborhood.
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LONG ISLAND CITY — A new CSA could be coming to Hunters Point, which would make it the first farm share program in the immediate neighborhood, where grocery store options are limited.

Local blog LIC Spot wrote this week about fliers posted around the area advertising the potential CSA. In an e-mail, organizer Susan Fedynak wrote that the plan is still in "the very beginning stage" of gaging community interest, but that "it looks like the demand is high enough for us to move forward."

CSA stands for "Community Supported Agriculture," and consist of members who purchase shares of fruits and vegetables, usually from a farm within the Tri-State region, with batches of the fresh foods delivered one or twice a week to the neighborhood for pick-up.

There are currently no such programs in Hunters Point, though the Long Island City CSA operates further north, out of the Hour Children Food Pantry in Queensbridge.

There are several popular farm shares in nearby Astoria — Harvest Astoria, Hellgate CSA and the Astoria CSA — and another in Sunnyside.

A website for the Hunters Point CSA says the group plans to work with the nonprofit Just Food in getting the CSA off the ground, and in identifying a farm to partner with.

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