The RISE Farm Share's mission is to bring affordable, fresh, certified organic produce directly from the farm to the Rockaway community.
The RISE Farm Share is an intergenerational initiative led by local youth and older adults that offers volunteer opportunities for seniors, and paid jobs for youth. We partner with Sang Lee Farms, to get access to the best prices for chemical free, certified organic vegetables delivered to us directly from the farm.
How does it work?
Every Wednesday, from May 31st – November 15th, members bring their own shopping bags and pick up their vegetable shares at the RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (corner of Beach 59th St), between 4-7PM. Farm Share Volunteers will be there to help distribute the vegetables, lead cooking demonstrations, and food tastings during our distribution days so you can learn more about how to serve and cook the vegetables you are getting in your share.
Why should I join?
By joining the RISE Farm Share, you are getting the best quality produce at affordable prices. Funds from the shares go directly to the farmer at the beginning of the season so they can grow us fresh produce at a wholesale price. Our share also supports paid internships for local youth in the RWA Shore Corps program who help to lead the distribution days.
What do I get?
25 weeks of fresh, organic produce & vegetables delivered directly from Sang Lee Farms to the RISE Center here in Rockaway!! A share is enough to feed up to 4 people for the week. Our shares are made up of what the farmer harvests. Early in the season you might receive heads of green Boston lettuce, kale, carrots, and asparagus. Later in the season, you will get tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplant, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and potatoes.
What is a "FULL SHARE" and a "Half SHARE"?
A Full Share is picked up EVERY WEEK. A Full Share is picked up EVERY OTHER WEEK. A Full Share is enough food to feed 4 people for a week. A full farm share is A LOT OF FOOD. For smaller households and single people, you may want to try a Half Share. This will only be picked up every other week but will be half the cost per month.
How much does it cost?
We've tried to make the Farm Share accessible to people of all income levels so we have 3 membership levels. Membership is based on member income levels and the number of people in the farm share. Membership ranges from $20 to $30 per week.
Does the Farm Share offer other food besides vegetables?
We also offer an additional fruit share from Briermere Farms. The fruit share runs for 18 weeks from July 5th to November 1st at $19/week. Weekly shares will range from three pints of berries and a bunch of rhubarb in the early summer months, to six pounds of apples and pears in the late summer months. We do not have discounted rates for the fruit share.
What are my payment options?
You can pay online or by check. We offer monthly payment plans to make the Farm Share feasible for more people.
How do I join?
Complete the Interest Form below so we can get in touch with you. There is no obligation to join by filling out the interest form.
For more information about the share contact Judah Asimov at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (718) 327-5919
For existing farm share members please take our survey click here to let us know more about your experience
Special thanks to New York Community Trust and Levitt Foundation for supporting the RISE Farm Share.
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