What is CSA? What is a share?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It’s an alternative, locally-based model of food distribution with a diverse history that brings farmers and customers into a relationship in which customers purchase and receive a "share" of the harvest. 

A share is your weekly allotment of produce as a shareholder. The size and variety of your share will depend on the type of share(s) you purchase and the season.

What is distribution? Where do I pick up my share? 

This is where we distribute (and you pick up) your weekly share of produce! All CSA distributions take place in Poughkeepsie, with most taking place under the CSA tent at PFP, at the intersection of Hooker & Raymond. (Look for a brightly-painted barn).

Can I choose what I receive?

Free Choice, Market Style distribution is back! We are happy to announce that, with Covid cases decreasing, we will be able to offer this popular distribution style. At the request of our partners at Vassar, distribution will continue to be held in the same location as the drive through distribution.

    • Safety is our top priority so we will ask members to wear their masks at distribution no matter your vaccination status. Hand sanitizer and gloves will be available on site. 

How much produce will I receive each week? What is a unit?

The amount you receive each week will vary slightly based on the season and the type of share you selected. Whole shares receive 10 units, and half shares receive 5 units. Note that whole and half sizes are available only for full- and fall-season shares. Full- and fall- season shares can be increased with Pick Your Own crops which are included with your share. 

Samples of units could be: 2 lbs carrots, 2 lbs tomatoes, 3 lbs cucumbers, 1 bunch beets, 1 bunch scallions, 1 head of lettuce, 1 watermelon, 2 garlics, or 3 bell peppers. For more information on shares, visit our Shares page (coming soon!)

What is Pick Your Own? How does it work? 

In addition to the crops we harvest for you, which you receive at your distribution pick-up, we also grow crops for you to harvest yourself! All full- and fall-season vegetable CSA shares (both whole and half) are entitled to PYO. To learn more about how to participate in PYO and what you’ll be picking, visit our PYO page (coming soon!)

When does my share start? 

The start-date for your share depends on your share type (May, Full, Fall, Fruit, Winter, Egg, etc) and, if relevant, the location and day of the week you choose. For start and end dates, see product descriptions. 

How can I help support the Vita Food Access and Education work PFP stewards?

In addition to being a production farm, Poughkeepsie Farm Project is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to cultivate local leadership in sustainable farming, food access and education, and to foster an inclusive, welcoming community for everyone. 

In addition to receiving hyper local and sustainably grown vegetables we would also like to invite you to consider continuing to our food access work by participating in our Annual Giving Circle. Whereas the payment for your CSA share covers the cost of growing food and the administration of the CSA program, a contribution through our Annual Giving Circle directly supports the work we do that is not directly funded by our Community Supported Agriculture programs, such as our vital food access and education work. 

If you would like to contribute to the Annual Giving Circle please add this item to your cart in an amount that works for your budget.

How much does a share cost?

The cost depends on the type and size of share you select, whether you choose a discount, or are paying using SNAP benefits. 

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. 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.

Beyond the 20% discounted shares, we also offer other CSA share payment assistance opportunities, including Sponsored shares, discounted payments with SNAP/EBT, and payment plans. 

Can I use my SNAP benefits? How much will I pay for my vegetables?

Yes! SNAP payments are accepted on a weekly basis when picking up your vegetables. Shares purchased using SNAP benefits receive a 50% discount, and cost $12/week for a half share. For more information on these shares, visit our CSA is a SNAP page. 

A Sponsored Share costs between $2 and $14 per week, depending on what you can afford. You may pay weekly, monthly, or up front at the beginning of the season, and can pay using cash, credit, check, or SNAP/EBT. 

What if I lose my SNAP benefits? Will there be a fee? 

There is no fee or penalty if your SNAP benefits change. While we hope you will stay with your share for the full season, you are not financially responsible for the remaining weeks of your share if you are unable to continue. If you lose your SNAP benefits and would like to continue with your CSA share, email hellocsa@farmproject.org

To check if you are eligible for SNAP following a move, change of income, or other life event, visit Dutchess County Community Family Services (DCFS). You may also apply in person at the DCFS Main Office at 60 Market Street, Poughkeepsie or at Dutchess County Community Action Partnership at 77 Cannon Street in Poughkeepsie. 

How do I apply for a SNAP-discounted or Sponsored share?

SNAP and Sponsored shares will be available for purchase on or around April 1. To express your interest in the meantime, you may fill out this form and/or email hellocsa@farmproject.org. 

Where can I get food now? 

If you are in need of free food now, there are many places where you can find support. Visit one of PFP’s fresh produce distributions (full list on our website FAQ page) or one of the locations below:

What is a barter share?

A barter share is a work-trade, where members contribute a certain number of hours or a certain skill set in exchange for a share.

We currently have openings for our Fieldwork barter share, which requires either 2 or 4 hours of fieldwork on the farm weekly in exchange for a half or whole share, respectively. To express your interest, please email emily@farmproject.org. 

What is Early Bird? 

Early Bird registration is only available to current shareholders. After Early Bird registration closes, regular sign-up begins. As a current shareholder, you will receive notification of Early Bird registration in the fall. 

How do I make sure to not miss important communications? 

Add the following email address to your contacts!

  • hellocsa@ - General CSA information including important start dates and reminders

Also follow us on Instagram @poughkeepsiefarmproject or Facebook @farmproject, where we will post a variety of content including last-minute, weather-related changes to CSA distributions, on the rare occasions where those occur.