The Core Group is composed of members of the CSA who volunteer their time year-round to run the CSA, working with our farmers, recruiting members, running the distribution site, maintaining records and accounting, managing member work shifts, writing the newsletter, performing community outreach, etc. Core Group members often focus their efforts on a specific area or task, but there are at-large members as well, whose contributions vary. Get to know the current Core Group in their bios below that touch on their involvement in and passion for the CSA. If you’re interested in joining the Core Group, please email us for further information.
Alicia Modeen, Late Shift Coordinator
Joined CSA: 2012; Joined Core Group: 2012
Favorite veggies: I love all vegetables, but I have a particular weakness for tomatoes of every variety and corn on the cob.
I am a life long Northeasterner, having grown up in Connecticut and gone to school in New Hampshire. I came right to the city after graduating college in 2010 and have lived in Prospect Heights for just over a year. Food plays a central role in most areas of my life–socially, academically, and hopefully some day professionally. When I’m not coordinating your Week A work shifts, I am a second year law student and an intern in the kitchen at a delightful Cobble Hill Italian restaurant specializing in local, seasonal dishes. My goal is to use my experiences to work in food policy–changing the way we subsidize, grow, and think about food for the better.
On weekends and nights I manage a restaurant. On weekdays, or when I’m feeling disciplined, I do freelance bookkeeping and accounting. During tax season I volunteer at the Food Bank of New York doing tax prep and filing. I recently jumped off the vegan bandwagon (whoops) and am looking forward to trying all of the specialty products (i.e., MEAT) from Lewis Waite!
I am a nutritionist with the New York City Health Department and manage nutrition education for young children and their parents and teachers. I love food, cooking, and local produce and have been involved to varying degrees as a core member since 2007. I am also on the board of directors of the CSA.
I am a songwriter and performer of urban folk soul music as well as a food justice activist, largely as a Board member of the hunger-fighting organization WhyHunger. I am a mother of two boys, Maceo and Van. Maceo attends PS9 which hosts our pickups, and Van will join him in the fall. I have helped the core group as a liason to the school and administration as well as working on community outreach for the CSA. I really love all the veggies from the CSA, and especially appreciate the fact that the choice of “what” is largely made for me — I just need to figure out “how” (the fun part).
Jennifer Traska Gibson, Workshift Coordinator
Joined CSA: 2008; Joined Core Group: 2013
Favorite veggies: arugula, tomatoes, corn
Favorite part of the CSA season: Nothing is better than walking down the steps to PS9 and being greeted by the scent of fresh basil
I joined the CSA in 2008 after reading the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life and wanting to have a better connection with local food sources.
I have a background in urban planning and have worked for the United Nations, with the World Food Program and most recently with UNICEF, so sustainable food systems – especially in cities – are important to me.
These days I can usually be found chasing after my 2 year old son, fussing with my window box flowers, cooking or homebrewing, and generally enjoying the wonderful community that is Brooklyn.
As the new Workshift Coordinator for the CSA, I make sure all the pickups are fully staffed so your veggies get from Farmer Ted’s truck to your bags every Thursday.
Joanna Shaw Flamm, Treasurer
Joined CSA: 2008; Joined Core Group: 2010
Favorite part of the CSA season: I love the first pickup! After a long winter, seeing the first greens and strawberries is more exciting than Christmas morning.
I’m a performer and teaching artist originally from Minnesota. I got involved with the CSA after a friend ran one back home, and I love the way it’s introduced me to my neighbors. I joined the Core Group after my first trip to Windflower Farm, and I feel very lucky to have formed friendships with the people who grow our fabulous veggies. As the CSA Treasurer, I make sure that Ted and his family, as well as our other share suppliers, get paid in full and on time, which is an important part of our CSA commitment.
Johanna Thomsen, Events Coordinator
Joined CSA: 2009; Joined Core Group: 2009
Favorite veggies: Nothing beats a Windflower tomato, and when we get ground cherries from Ted my heart skips a beat.
Favorite part of the CSA season: I love the peak when we’re all stumbling out onto St. Marks under the weight of multiple bags of amazing veggies.
I am an urban herbalist with a background in dance and personal training, working in arts marketing. Windflower Farm is one of my favorite places on earth, and in my role as Events Coordinator for the Core Group, I try to find ways to enhance everyone’s experience in the CSA, from lecture demonstrations, workshops, and mixers, to bringing the farm crew to Brooklyn and the CSA members to the farm to give everyone a deeper understanding of what goes into making a CSA work.
I am originally from the South but moved to Brooklyn about a year ago to work in healthcare policy. Before moving to Brooklyn, I worked in a food access program in Boston and my job included coordinating a CSA for low income families. It was my first exposure to a CSA—I loved how it personalized the food experience and helped me get to know people in the community, and I knew I wanted to get involved with a CSA when I moved here. I am now a middle school math teacher at a school in Brooklyn.
I was born and raised in small town Texas and moved to New York to attend NYU, where I now serve as an Academic Advisor for undergraduate students at the College of Arts and Science. My sister-in-law convinced me to join a CSA and it’s been an amazing experience! In the core group, I help with the blog, emails, and social media (so, follow us on Twitter!).
Maggie Galvan, Website & Communications Coordinator
Joined CSA: 2010; Joined Core Group: 2012
Favorite veggie: Kale, especially now that I discovered how to massage it with salt to use it raw in salads!
Favorite part of the CSA season: tomato-crazy late summer
I moved to New York from Los Angeles to pursue a PhD in English and hope to write extensively about contemporary American women’s comics in my dissertation. The kitchen is the heart of my household, so I joined the CSA in 2010 to gain access to a wider range of vegetables. I am now becoming more involved in the community by helping out with the website as a Core member.
Meret Lenzlinger, Core Coordinator & Secretary
Joined CSA: 2007; Joined Core Group: 2007
Favorite part of the CSA season: The first few pick-ups, when all the hard work from the pre-season is paying off! Garlic scapes are the emblem of that start for me. Plus, they look funny.
I am an architect and professor, originally from Switzerland. Growing up, I lived in a small town where you knew your butcher, chose your head of lettuce while it was still planted in the ground at “the gardener’s”, and picked up the warm milk from the town dairy, minutes after it was delivered by the local farmers, many of them parents of my school mates. Joining the CSA brought back to me a bit of that connection to farm and community.
I am the coordinator and secretary. I act as the main liaison to Ted and Windflower Farm, I set up and lead core group meetings and, as secretary, take and send out meeting minutes. I also just try to keep an eye on what all the other core members are working on and see if they need any support. Thankfully, the coordinator’s job has gotten a whole lot easier in the last couple of years, as so many dedicated and capable people have joined the core group and taken on duties that previously fell to the coordinator!
I’m a tech geek who loves sunshine, working with people, cooking, and eating great food. Getting involved with the CSA was a no-brainer! I joined the PHCSA in 2010, soon started attending Core meetings as a member-at-large, and now manage all things related to sign-ups and membership record keeping. Outside of CSA work and tending to my fire-escape garden, I have worked in cognitive psychology research, at Apple, and am now pursuing a Masters in Computer Science at CUNY-Brooklyn College.