What we do:
A CSA, or community supported agriculture, is a subscription-based delivery of local fruits and vegetables. Our CSA is unique because we provide high-quality produce for free to residents of three Brooklyn NYCHA communities: Gowanus Houses, Warren Street Houses, and Wyckoff Gardens Houses.
Last season we delivered over 15,000 total pounds of produce to an average of 115 households per week, while supporting over 15 local farms. This year, we are growing and can’t wait to meet more of our neighbors! On alternating Saturdays starting in May, we’re providing a delicious and healthy selection of seasonal produce sourced through GrowNYC. This exciting project both improves food access in our neighborhood and supports local farmers—a win-win!
Who we are:
We are a partnership between Gowanus Mutual Aid and tenant leaders in three NYCHA housing locations. Our dedicated group of volunteers works together to plan, receive, sort, and distribute produce to subscribers. Sign up to volunteer!
How it works:
Generous funding from City Council Member Lincoln Restler and Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso, as well as the fundraising efforts of GMA, make this project financially possible. Volunteers are essential to getting all that great produce in the hands of as many neighbors as possible.
Volunteer: We welcome all volunteers high-school age and older to join our team!
Sign up to staff the CSA: Volunteers are needed every other Saturday morning (9AM - 12PM; 2 shifts available) to support produce distribution at Gowanus Houses, Warren Street, and Wyckoff Gardens.
Sign up to help with produce pickup in Bedstuy: We need folks to help us load the delivery truck every other Saturday morning (starting 7AM) so we can bring CSA produce to our 3 distribution sites. You must be able to comfortably lift 40-50lbs.
Have another skill you’d like to contribute? We’re always looking for folks to help with translation, graphic designs, and more. Fill out our volunteer interest form and we’ll be in touch!
If you missed our volunteer team orientations in April, review the meeting notes and our one-sheet with volunteer info and expectations, and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Donate: We need funding to supply produce to our neighbors, pay our delivery driver, and cover other administrative costs for running this program. Any amount helps, and donating through Open Collective on a one-time or recurring basis is easy and tax-deductible.
Stay in touch: Join the #bulk_distribution_team channel on GMA’s slack and our WhatsApp group for program updates, upcoming meeting notifications, and more!
How to sign up for the CSA if you live in Gowanus Houses, Warren Street Houses, and Wyckoff Gardens Houses:
We currently serve residents of Gowanus Houses, Warren Street Houses, and Wyckoff Gardens Houses. If you live at one of those locations and are interested in signing up—or know someone else who might be—fill out this signup form. Please include as much information as possible so we know how to reach you!