Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Attention friends, family, and volunteers the time has come!
MEVO is selling 35 shares for it’s first ever Fresh Roots Farm Community Supported Agriculture program.
MEVO is an environmental not-for-profit organization based out of Mahwah, NJ. We farm, keep bees, clean up illegal trash dumping, build and maintain hiking trails, run educational programs, and provide volunteer opportunities to people of all ages and abilities! At the Fresh Roots Farm, MEVO teaches the community about the vital importance of sustainable agricultural practices in a time of public and environmental health crises. Support our work and a local economy by becoming a CSA member!
CSA info: For $37/wk, you can enjoy a variety of local, sustainable grown produce from our farm and eight jars of honey raised from our bee hives. In addition, we will be supplementing a few extra fruits and vegetables into our shares from a few other local farms to provide you with the largest diversity of food possible. Pick up will be at the Fresh Roots Farm at Campgaw Mountain Reservation in Mahwah, NJ.
Total Cost: $800
First Pick Up: Tuesday, June 13th
Last Pick Up: Tuesday, November 7th
Tuesday Pick Up Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
Total Shares Available: 35
Pick Up Location: Fresh Roots Farm at Campgaw Mountain Reservation 200 Campgaw Road, Mahwah NJ 07430
How to purchase a CSA share: We are only accepting check or cash for our shares this year. You can purchase a share from MEVO by mailing a check for $800 to MEVO’s office address: 1024 Ash Drive Mahwah, NJ 07430 please include a name, e-mail, phone number, and address for the person who reserved this share. You can also come to the Fresh Roots Farm and drop off your purchase in person.
What are we growing? The list below is tentative but here is what we are planning to be growing at the Fresh Roots Farm this year. Not all of these fruits and veggies will be in the CSA box each week.
Big: Woodle Orange, Damsel,
Saladette: Chocolate Pear, Sakura F1, Indigo cherry drops, sunrise bumble bee, purple bumble bee
Cherry: Sweetie Cherry Tomato, Sungold Select II
Plum / Paste: San Marzano
Eggplant: Ping Tung, Little Finger, Casper, Diamond
Spicy: Triunfo Jalapeno, Hungarian Hot Wax
Sweet: Shishito, Lipstick, Aura, Glow, Sweet Chocolate Bell
Garlic: Inchelium Red, Music
Lettuce: SALANOVA Green Sweet Crisp, Red Sweet Crisp, Green Butter, Red Butter
Greens: Early Wonder Tall Top Beet, Ruby Streaks Mustard, Tatsoi,
Kale: Red Russian, Toscano
Onion: Parade Bunching Onions, Chives,
Beets: Red Ace, Touchstone Gold, Detroit Dark Red, Burpee’s Golden
Parsley: Giant Italian
Carrots: Cosmic Purple, Napoli, White Satin, Yellowstone,
Radish: Purple Plum, D’avignon, Watermelon, Pink Beauty, Sora
Turnip: Hakurei, Purple White Top Globe
Zucchini and Summer Squash: Lemon Squash, Yellow Scallop Squash, Costata Romanesc Zucchini, Dunja
Bean: Maxibel Haricot Vert
Basil: Genovese, Eleonora, Sacred
Ground Cherry: Aunt Molly’s, Goldie
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)? CSA is a direct-to-customer business model for farmers. In the traditional CSA model, people pay for a season’s worth of produce (a share), sometimes months in advance. The CSA member then receives a box of fruits and vegetables every week throughout the harvesting season. This is great for the farmers because they get the revenue when they most need it to get ready for the growing season. It is an investment in supporting MEVO, the Fresh Roots Farm, and our Farmers.
Why CSA? At MEVO with thrive on community. We believe that one of the best ways to make social change is by building community around our vision for an ecologically sustainable future. Naturally, having a family of MEVO friends and local food enthusiasts supporting our organization by buying into a CSA is an outstanding way of bringing people together. Buying a share will give us the money we need upfront and frees us up to focus on growing the highest quality food possible – instead of worrying about selling the food each week. It also allows us to build a more personal relationship with each of you and get to know what you liked, didn’t like, and what type of food we can grow for next year.
What if your crop fails or there is extreme weather? As a CSA member you share in the risk and reward of a successful harvest year. If we have a bounty of excess food you can expect your box to be loaded up. If we have a failure of a crop or extreme weather destroys the farm than the food we lost will not be available and the cost of the CSA share will not be refunded.
Who are the farmers?
MEVO is a youth lead organization which means our farmers are young people. Our Farm Manager is Isabel Arrieche and our other Farmer and beekeeper is our Executive Director Eric J. Fuchs-Stengel. Isabel and Eric work with a team of volunteers and interns to grow all the food produced at the Fresh Roots Farm. You can learn more about them on the, “Our People,” page.