Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers and more information about the Sunnyside CSA and Subsidy Program.
Thursdays between 5:00pm and 8:00pm at Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39th Street between 43rd Ave and Queens Blvd.
You may have someone else pick it up for you. Just be sure to let them know about pick up procedures. If your box isn’t picked up during the distribution time, it is donated to Sunnyside Community Services.
We partner with The Golden Earthworm Organic Farm, LLC, which is certified by a third-party certifier, NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC. The use of synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides is prohibited in Certified Organic Production. Read more about Golden Earthworm and the certification process.
There are between 6 and 10 items in the box each week. During the summer and autumn months, the shares are much fuller than during the first few weeks in the spring. Large families eating a primarily vegetarian diet sometimes order more than one full share. Smaller families or single people often find splitting a share works best.
It depends on the season, but the Golden Earthworm Harvest Schedule gives a good example.
There is a “Swap Box” on site where you can deposit your unwanted veggies and/or swap for something else you prefer.
Split with a friend (or two!). During sign-ups one person will be the primary member (and ultimately responsible for the share), but we do accept split payments and anyone can sign up for the volunteer shifts.
Our CSA raises money to subsidize a small number of shares for households with limited income. Read more about our Subsidy Program.
This entire process is volunteer run! In order to stay up and operational, we need every member to help out by volunteering during distribution each season. There are three volunteer shifts every Thursday. Please see our volunteer page for more information.
If for any reason you no longer want your CSA share, feel free to find someone to take ownership. You can try our Facebook page to see if someone is looking! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are changing ownership, and provide us with the new owner’s information (name, phone number and email). The new owner is responsible for any volunteer work, etc that still needs to be completed.
The main fees for your shares go to the respective farms and businesses, but the admin fees support our local organizational costs. Below is a sample from a previous year. We also do fundraisers throughout the year that directly support our subsidy program.
Subsidy shares are alloted depending on individual need and Subsidy Program budget. If you do not qualify this season you will be given enough notice to purchase a share at full price.
We currently only offer Summer Shares at the subsidized prices.
We currently only offer subsidies for our main vegetable and fruit shares.
No, you do not have to be a resident of Sunnyside. Many of our members are from neighboring communities.
All subsidy applications are kept strictly confidential. Only the subsidy coordinator has access to the application information, and decisions are made similar to NY SNAP income limits.
The subsidy is 100% supported by Sunnyside CSA members via donations or fundraisers. This chart shows a distribution from a previous year.