“Chelsea Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) provides members with fresh, organic vegetables and herbs weekly from mid-June through Thanksgiving. Local residents have teamed up with the Kavakos family of Stoneledge Farm in South Cairo, New York, who sell shares in their harvest. The CSA enables member shareholders to enjoy farm-fresh organic vegetables while supporting local agriculture as embodied by Pete and Deb Kavakos and their four children.
Chelsea CSA provides access for a wide range of Chelsea residents at various income levels. Our partnership with Hudson Guild, a non-profit settlement house, enables us to accept Food Stamps. We are proud to be a mixed income CSA, offering discounted shares and season-long payment plans for eligible households. Produce is delivered directly from the farm to Hudson Guild in Chelsea, where members pick up their shares between 4pm and 7pm each Tuesday during the twenty-four week Veggie Share season.
The Chelsea CSA forwards shareholder payments to the farmer before the harvest. This allows the farmers to buy seeds, equipment and take care of other expenses without having to resort to high interest loans. People who join the Chelsea CSA must commit to the length of the entire season even if they pay in installments throughout the season. Members must commit to volunteering for at least six hours over the season, generally working two three-hour distribution shifts.”