TODAY: Meet the Farmer (Sun, Mar 19, 2pm)!

TODAY: Meet the Farmer (Sun, Mar 19, 2pm)!

Join us TODAY (Sunday, March 19, 2pm) to Meet the Farmer!

Neighborhood residents and local farmers will launch the 2017 season of Flushing CSA at the “Meet the Farmer” community forum on Sunday, March 19, 2-4pm, at the Quaker Meetinghouse, located at 137-16 Northern Boulevard in Flushing, Queens.  Flushing CSA will also screen “Urban Farmers,” a documentary film by Rachel Caccese exploring the movement to promote sustainable agriculture and organic food in New York City.  This event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments served.  Limited parking available.

Flushing CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture,” a cooperative food sharing model that seeks to expand access to fresh, locally-grown, organic food to area families.  Flushing CSA is run by community volunteers, who distribute shares weekly at a pick-up located at Flushing Town Hall.

Farmers from Golden Earthworm Organic and Goodale farms will be on hand to answer questions about organic farming techniques and how CSAs contribute to sustainable agriculture, regional economic development, and the livelihoods of small American farmers.

“I love being a CSA member because it helps me feel connected to my community and to the earth. And, because I know how the food is grown, the CSA also lets me control what I feed my children,” states Emily Griffin Sheahan, a member of Flushing CSA and mother of three.  “I also love the convenience of being a CSA member. I get a big variety and the assurance that everything is fresh and organic. And, it only takes me a few minutes to pick up my produce each week at Flushing Town Hall.”

The “Meet the Farmer” forum will also feature presentations by local organic food producers, health care and nutrition experts, and urban farm groups, including: Elizabeth Ritter, founder of Sweet William’s Torte Shoppe; Victor Eskenazi, founder of S&V Jams; Doaa Elkady, founder of Spice Tree Organics; Maureen Regan, founder of Green Earth Urban Gardens, who is supplying her famous “Whitestone Honey”; and, Shweta Parmar of Gutsier Living.

Community sponsors include Flushing Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, and the Just Food network.

For more information about this event, contact Emily Griffin Sheahan at FlushingCSA@gmail.com or (646) 801-4021.  Visit http://www.FlushingCSA.com to learn about the benefits of Flushing CSA and how you can join.

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