26 WEEKLY DELIVERIES OF FRESH PRODUCE
Participants in Temple Beth-El’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program eat in a healthier manner while supporting the environment and Long Island farmers.
Those who join the CSA program support local farmers by pre-purchasing a season (26 weeks — June through November) of vegetables directly from Golden Earthworm Organic Farm in Jamesport. The fresh, organically grown vegetables are delivered each Wednesday afternoon to a Great Neck location where participants pick up their shares. A fresh fruit delivery program, with another Long Island farm, is also offered on the Golden Earthworm website.
Participation in a CSA helps us fulfill the mitzvah of Shomer Adamah: Protecting the Earth. Judaism has long been intimately tied to agriculture and the land. Our three biblical festivals, Sukkot, Passover, and Shavuot, all revolve around planting and harvesting seasons. Our ancestors were well aware that healthy land and healthy produce are cornerstones of a healthy world. Participating in a CSA gives us the opportunity to put our Jewish values into action in a way that makes a real difference for the land and the farmers that feed us.
The produce that CSA participants receive every week from Golden Earthworm is fresh. It is often picked the day it is delivered. This is quite different from conventional produce that is often picked unripe and arrives in the grocery store after days of transportation. Golden Earthworm farmers grow a wide variety of produce that often isn’t available at conventional supermarkets.
It’s time to apply for vegetable shares for 2015.