CSA FAQ

What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It’s an alternative, locally-based model of food distribution in which you purchase a “share” in our farm, and receive a weekly share of the season’s bounty. We use this money to buy seeds, equipment, fertilizers and other supplies we need at the start of the season. By the time the first crops are ready to harvest, we’ve sold all of our shares and can focus our energy on growing food instead of finding markets and customers. It’s a farmer-friendly, community-oriented model centered on the sharing of both the risks of the season, and the bounty.

The CSA is just one of the ways we are cultivating a just and sustainable food system in the Hudson Valley. To learn more about the benefits of the CSA model, please click here.

What is Early Bird registration?

Signing up during our Early Bird season is great! Current shareholders who sign up during the Early Bird registration period receive an additional, bonus distribution (or pick-up) the week before Thanksgiving. It's our way of saying Thank You for your continued support!

Early Bird registration opens Tuesday October 20 and closes on Saturday November 7. Early Bird bonus distribution will take place on Tuesday, November 17th from 1-5:30pm. This bonus distribution is open to anyone that signs up for a 2021 share before November 7, 2020.

What is Pick Your Own (PYO)?

Participate in the joy of the harvest and get even more out of your share! We grow a number of PYO crops (including blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, green beans, flowers, herbs and more) which are all available to you in addition to the produce we harvest every week. PYO is a great way to engage hands-on with the farm and to add up to 5 “extra” items to your share each week.

Who is eligible to purchase discounted shares?

Though anyone is eligible to purchase a share, discounted shares are primarily for our economically disempowered neighbors. These discounted shares are offered to families earning under $25,000 per year, those on Medicaid, SNAP, Social Security, those who live in public housing, or those with extenuating circumstances. Please note, we have a number of limited discounted shares available to make this as accessible as possible during this time. Keep in mind that you may be taking this opportunity from someone else by selecting a discounted share as a person of privilege. We ask you to practice mindfulness as you choose your share, as this supports our efforts to ensure an equitable and accessible experience for all.

We also offer other CSA share payment assistance opportunities, including Sponsored Shares, SNAP, and payment plans.

What's included in my membership fee?

All Farm (CSA) Shares require the purchase of a membership. Your membership supports our Education and Food Share (donation) programs, and is an important way to engage not just with the physical farm space, but with the mission of PFP. Benefits of becoming a member vary depending on which tier you select:

Tiller ($35): Receive communications about PFP, discounts at PFP educational events
Planter ($55): Receive communications about PFP, discounts at PFP educational events, 1 free plant at plant sale
Cultivator ($75): Receive communications about PFP, discounts at PFP educational events, 2 free plants at plant sale, PFP tote bag 
Harvester ($150): Receive communications about PFP, discounts at PFP educational events, 4 free plants at plant sale, PFP tote bag
Farm Builder ($500): Receive communications about PFP, discounts at PFP educational events, 4 free plants at plant sale, PFP tote bag and hat
Community Circle ($1000): Receive communications about PFP, discounts at PFP educational events, 8 free plants at plant sale, PFP tote bag and hat