The Prospect Heights CSA is a community collaboration that connects a group of Brooklynites with Windflower Farm, a small organic farm located in upstate New York. We were founded in 2006 with support from Just Food and today we serve nearly 150 households in Prospect Heights, including the families of students at P.S. 9.
We are run by our core group made up of CSA members who volunteer their time to work with our farmers, recruit members, run the distribution site, maintain records and accounting, manage member work shifts, write the newsletter, and perform community outreach.
Windflower Farm is a small family farm located in Taconic Hill country, between the Hudson River and the Vermont border. Ted and Jan Blomgren have been growing organic vegetables and cut flowers for shareholders in New York City for over ten years.
Ted brings to Windflower Farm his training in horticulture and experience as an educator. Formerly an adviser to Cornell Corporation Extension, he’s now a full-time farmer.
Jan brings to the farm experience as an illustrator and training in botany. As the lucky recipients of the flower shares can attest, Jan is a superior floral designer.
Ted and Jan’s sons contribute boundless energy, a sense of wonder, and their own farm enterprise—a flock of free-range chickens that lay brown eggs.
Ted and Jan’s Philosophy
“Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a collaboration between farmers and the people who eat the food they grow. As Wendell Berry puts it, ‘Eating is an agricultural act.’ CSA is a means by which people may establish a stronger relationship with the sources of their food.
As farmers, we make a commitment to you to be good stewards of the land we grow your food on and to grow a wide variety of high-quality vegetables in suitable quantities for you and the people with whom you share your table. And you, the folks who eat our food, make a commitment to us and the ecological practices we use by purchasing a share in our harvest, by sharing in some of the risks (and potential bounty) associated with growing crops in the Northeast, and by paying in advance of the season for your produce.
We believe that the principles of sustainable agriculture apply to every kind of farming, from the growing of the fresh vegetables and fruits that make their way to your dinner plates, to the production of the fresh-cut flowers that adorn your tables. As organic growers, we use no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers of any kind. To enrich our soils, we use cover crops, crop rotations, and compost. We are committed to careful land stewardship, ecological pest management, and a healthy environment for the people who work with us. In this way, we hope to leave our farm in good condition for future generations.”
Gallery Photos & Tractor Photo above courtesy of PHCSA Member Matt Healy.