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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

DOWNTOWN HARVEST

If you are looking to purchase locally grown organic produce, meet Downtown Harvest, Jersey City's own community supported agriculture, or what some call a food co-op (though apparently there is a huge difference).

Open enrollment is scheduled for next Thursday, January 26, 7:30 PM at OLC Church Hall at 120 Sussex Street.
This season's farmer is John Krueger of Starbrite Farm, Hardwick, NJ

Information from http://www.downtownharvest.org:

Downtown Harvest CSA is an initiative begun in 2004 by members of OLC, (Our Lady of Czestochowa Church) who want to enjoy fresh, organic produce, grow a more direct relationship with our community (Jersey City, NJ) and the earth, and source and foster sustainable agriculture. We hope that people expressing a desire for membership of this CSA share our values and appreciate this spiritual connection with all heavenly bodies - including our own!

Traditionally, a CSA, (Community Supported Agriculture,) is defined as a group of people who join together to help financially support a small-scale, local farmer in exchange for nutritious and fresh, organic produce. Not only do we intend to help grow a farmer's crops by financial means, but we also aspire to grow our relationship with the farmer and his/her family by understanding their ecologically-sound methods of farming, their trials and tribulations and by building new friendships.

In exchange for the support of our members, Downtown Harvest commits to:

  • Provide weekly fresh produce throughout the season.

  • Ensure the crops are weekly harvested as close to the pick-up times as possible so that members receive the freshest possible produce, filled with the highest value of health and nutrient content.

  • Ensure optimization of the earth's natural resources.

Some details:
  • A full share is $425 and a half share is $215. If you consider the cost over the season, it represents good value for fresh picked organic produce.
  • Pickups will be from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm in front of the OLC convent at 180 Grand Street. Shares that are not picked up will be donated to a local charity who will use it to feed people in need.

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