The RISE Farm Share is an intergenerational initiative led by RWA to increase access to healthy food, while also offering volunteer opportunities for older adults and job internships for youth. We partner with Sang Lee Farms (Long Island), and local Rockaway farms - Edgemere Farms and the Urban Agro/Coalition Against Hunger Farm to get access to the best prices for chemical free, certified organic produce delivered to us directly from the farms each week from June 6th to November 14th, 2018.
How does it work?
Every Wednesday from 4-7 PM 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). Farm Share volunteers are there to help distribute the vegetables, lead cooking demonstrations, and food tastings so you can learn more about how to serve and cook the vegetables you are getting in your share.
What does being a member mean?
Like a magazine subscription, members buy shares at the beginning of the season and receive weekly deliveries of produce directly from the farmer so the farm gets money when they need it the most. Members get the highest quality produce at the best possible price and build connections to local farmers, jobs for youth, and volunteer opportunities for adults. Because funds go directly to the farmer they can grow us fresh produce at a wholesale price.
Our shares are made up of what the farmer harvests each week. Members have the option of receiving an individual or family share. The family share feeds a family of 4+ with 8-12 items a week. The individual share feeds 1-4 people with 4-8 items a week.
How much does it cost?
All members except those who qualify for the low-income share must pay for the full season by May 1st.
- The full 24 week Individual Share costs $480 ($20/week)
- The half 12 week Individual Share costs $240 ($20/week)
- The full 24 week Family Share costs $680 ($28.33/week)
- The half 12 week Family Share costs $340 ($28.33/week)
- The full 18 week Fruit Share costs $150 ($8.30/week)
The RISE Farm Share is open to those of all income levels. In recognition that an upfront payment is hard for some community members, all those with an income of $30,000 or less are eligible to pay weekly. But members who reserve an affordable share are still required to commit for the entire season and pay a $40 deposit to reserve their share.
We also accept SNAP on site.
What are my payment options?
You can pay directly online or mail a check.
How do I join?
Register online or 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 Rockaway Farm Share.