September 16, 2014   21 Elul 5774

What is a CSA?
A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is a mutually beneficial partnership in which individuals or families receive fresh, local, organically grown produce weekly, while supporting our local farmers and sustainable growing practices.

Why should I join a CSA?
Joining a CSA means you and your family will enjoy the health, community, and environmental benefits of eating fresh, local, organically grown produce! Join the 60 other Jewish communities across North America that have already committed to putting Jewish purchasing power behind our local farmers. Become a part of the new Jewish food movement today!

What does Pri Adamah mean?
Pri Adamah means “Fruits of the Earth.” Through participation in the Pri Adamah CSA, you will not only reap in the abundant harvest, but you will also ensure a fruitful harvest for generations to come.

A joint project of Temple Sinai and The Cutting Veg Organic Farm. The produce will be grown and sourced by The Cutting Veg Organic Farm and the pick-up location will be at Temple Sinai.

Feel free to contact Daniel Hoffmann at The Cutting Veg at 647.388.7444, or daniel@thecuttingveg.com if you have any questions.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) — Part of the Solution
CSA is a system in which individuals or families choose to buy organic produce from a local farm for a whole growing season. Produce is delivered once a week to the pick-up location, where the members are able to choose their produce while connecting with the farmer and members of their community. A CSA is an effective way to confront the global challenges of pollution, land degradation, and poor nutrition. In addition to the global benefits of participating in a CSA, you and your family will benefit greatly in the realms of quality, cost, community, and education. In terms of quality, your weekly produce is always fresh (often harvested the morning you receive it), and because it is grown using organic practises, it is of the highest nutritional value. Cost wise, the price of CSA membership is competitive with organic prices at local grocery stores and farmers markets. In addition, our CSA drop-off site has proven to be a social gathering place — a place where members get to know each other while they share ideas and stories about food, family, and life. As for the educational benefits, through newsletters, farm visits, workshops, and special events, members are exposed to the various issues that affect agriculture in your community.

The Jewish Connection
Why is joining a CSA a “Jewish” thing to do? When God finished creating the world, God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden and commanded Adam, “l’ovdah u’l’shomra,” to serve and protect Creation. When we purchase local organic produce, we are choosing to support a food system that cares for our natural world, our health, and our community — we are honouring our role as stewards of God’s creation! As well, participating in a CSA that values social, environmental, personal and economic health as “the bottom line,” enables us to actively participate in the process of tikkun olam , repairing the world.

CSA Share Pick-Up
Dates: Every Wednesday, from June 6 to October 31 (to occur on Monday, September 24, not 26, to accommodate the Jewish holiday)
Location: Temple Sinai
Time: 2.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Every Wednesday, your produce will be available for pick-up. A selection of freshly harvested organic produce will be available to choose from, with the amount of variety dependant on the time of season. The produce will be displayed on tables and members will be free to choose the produce that best serves their dietary needs. Please note, The Cutting Veg Organic Farm specializes in growing vegetables and herbs; thus, there will be a minimal amount of fruit available. The following list demonstrates a sample of the produce you can expect to enjoy at the various times throughout the growing season:

Spring
Apples, Asparagus, Beets, Carrots, Chard, Cilantro, Garlic Scapes, Kale, Parsley, Peas, Radishes, Rhubarb, Salad Greens, Spinach, Spring Onions, Sprouts, Turnips

Summer
Basil, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chard, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes, Salad Greens, Sunflowers, Tomatoes, Zucchini

Fall
Apples, Basil, Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Chard, Cucumbers, Garlic, Kale, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Salad Greens, Sunflowers, Tomatoes, Winter Squash, Zucchini

CSA Share Sizes
Members can sign-up for either a Regular Share, or a Large Share. Regular share members will be allotted 13 “points” per week, and Large Share members will receive 18 “points.”
Each week, signage will be displayed allocating point values to the available produce (eg. bag of salad greens = 2pts, bunch of kale = 1pt). This system allows members to choose the produce that best serves their needs, and members are free to take multiple servings of a favourite vegetable. If at any point during the season you decide you want to change the size of your membership, you are free to do so, and you will either pay or be refunded the difference. CSA members will also be charged an annual membership fee to cover the administrative and site related costs associated with the running of the CSA, such as a weekly CSA newsletter with news from the farm, recipes and CSA related activities.

Tzedakah/Food Donations (An important part of Pri Adamah CSA is the tzedakah component.)
Each week, a selection of the week’s available produce is delivered by a member volunteer, to Eva’s Place, a 32-bed emergency shelter for homeless youth aged 16 to 24 in North York. Eva’s Place provides support to homeless youth through emergency and transitional housing, harm reduction services to address drug and alcohol use, counselling, employment and training programs, housing support and services to reconnect youth with their families (www.evasinitiatives.com).

The content of the delivery is comprised of many generous parts. Temple Sinai’s Social Action Committee has purchased two large portions of produce, each week, for the season. Farmer Daniel donates a portion from The Cutting Veg each week. Individuals may donate one or more “points” of produce for the donation, on any given week. Members who are on vacation can commit a week’s allotment to Eva’s Place. Any members who “forget” to pick up their week’s produce may inadvertently make a donation to the delivery.

The chef at Eva’s Place is committed to preparing nutritious meals with the delivery. The youth are encouraged to cook and learn about the interesting vegetables that they have received and eat. Together, they produce nutritious meals, while teaching/learning invaluable cooking skills. The members of Temple Sinai’s CSA are helping to support the nutritional meals offered to the youth. We feel good about supplementing the meagre $4 per day per youth that the government supplies for an entire day’s meals. Thus, participation in the PRI ADAMAH CSA directly supports folks in our community who are most in need of highly nutritious food.

As well, Farmer Daniel donates on season’s food share for a member in the community, for every 75 family members that participate in Pri Adamah.

Getting Involved: Volunteering, Workshops, Farm Visits
Beyond providing the freshest, local organic produce around, the PRI ADAMAH CSA offers the opportunity to get educated and get involved. Throughout the summer, The Cutting Veg Organic Farm offers weekly volunteer work-bees — an opportunity for people to get involved in the growing process, and connect with nature, members of their community, and themselves. Also, you will have the choice to sign up to help out at the depot site, as there is nothing more Jewish than providing food for others. None of these opportunities are mandatory, but all of them will help you to feel more connected to where your food comes from.

About The Cutting Veg (http://www.thecuttingveg.com/)
The Cutting Veg (TCV) is a community-health promotion enterprise rooted in organic farming. TCV runs three programs aimed at promoting personal, social, environmental, and economic health. TCV grows a variety of vegetables and herbs, which are sold at farmers markets, and through Community Supported Agriculture programs. In addition to cultivating mixed produce, TCV runs the “Global Garlic Project.” Specifically, TCV grows over a dozen varieties of garlic from around the world, including Tibetan, Persian, Italian, Russian, Korean, and Israeli. TCV also provides Food Coaching Services, which offers garden & composting project support, educational workshops & farming internships, and agri-biz training.

Collectively, these programs are helping TCV towards achieving its quadruple bottom line: Personal health, Social health, Environmental health, and Economic health.


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