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 44,000 total pounds of produce to an average of 250 households per week, while supporting over 15 local farms. This year, with rising food prices and cuts to SNAP benefits, we anticipate an even greater need. 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 for a shift here and join us on a Saturday!
How it works:
Fundraising efforts of GMA and community partners 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 (8AM - 12PM plus an early unloading shift; times vary) to support produce distribution at Gowanus Houses, Warren Street, and Wyckoff Gardens.
Have another skill you’d like to contribute? We’re always looking for folks to help with translation, graphic design, fundraising, and more. Fill out our volunteer interest form and we’ll be in touch!
If you missed our volunteer team orientation in May, 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!