In 2008, the Regional Food Bank initiated a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program to generate revenue and underwrite farm expenses.
A CSA program creates a relationship between a farm and a community of supporters. Members contribute to the farm’s yearly operating budget by purchasing a share of the season’s harvest. In return, the farm provides a healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce throughout the growing season. The CSA relationship is between people, the food they eat, the land on which it is grown, and those who grow it. CSA members reap the rewards of abundant harvests, but also share the farm’s risk due to nature’s uncertainties. In addition to receiving locally grown, fresh, high quality vegetables each week during the harvest season, you will have the opportunity to participate in “Pick Your Own” at the Farm. During the season, our CSA members may visit the Farm on designated Saturdays and pick vegetables including cherry tomatoes, green beans, herbs, and peas. All members are invited to visit the farm to learn about agriculture or to roll up their sleeves and help with the day’s work! As you partner with the Farm, your membership also supports the growth and distribution of farm fresh produce to the hungry through member agencies of the Food Bank.
How the Patroon Land Farm CSA Works
- Members sign up to purchase a share online.
- Family Share $420/Individual Share $260 A family share is designed to feed a family of 3-4 and an individual share to feed a family of 1-2.
- Members will receive a weekly supply of fresh produce during the harvest season, approximately early July through late October. Each week your share will include 7-10 varieties of vegetables. The sweetness of early spring brings us beets, garlic, greens, and scallions. The heart of summer produces tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, and zucchini. As autumn begins to cool down, you will see potatoes, cabbage, and winter squash.
- Should you purchase a fruit share, it will be delivered along with your vegetables. The fruit comes from Altamont Orchards. Five deliveries will take place over the season and will include strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pears, plums, nectarines, grapes, peaches, apples, apple cider donuts, and apple cider.
- Members can pick up their weekly shares at the Farm in Knox, at the Regional Food Bank in Latham or another site designated by the Food Bank each Thursday. Our pick-up sites are conveniently located throughout the Capital District. As you register online, specific sites and addresses are listed.
- In addition to weekly shares, members will have the opportunity to visit the Farm on designated Saturdays throughout the season and pick their own allotment of certain crops such as string beans, cherry tomatoes and herbs.
- Unclaimed shares will be donated to the Food Bank.
Questions about the CSA? Contact Bob Baker at 518-786-3691, x296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fertilizers and Pesticides
We are continuously applying OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) approved soil amendments and compost to improve the physical, biological, and chemical properties of the soils. Building soils for organic production is a long term proposition, and we are pleased to see soil health progress due to efforts in sustainable agriculture. Pesticide use is restricted to OMRI approved materials and many crops receive no pesticide application at all. OMRI is a national nonprofit organization that determines which input products are allowed for use in organic production and processing