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Paisley Farm is our 25-acre farm in Tivoli, NY owned and operated by Michael Kokas and Jan Greer. We have been growing organic specialty vegetables for 20 years, and we farm with the help of our two children, Julian and Augusta. We plant with the chef in mind. We love to cook ourselves, and we love to share what we grow. We’ve been keeping the best chefs in Manhattan happy for two decades, and now we can do the same for you, with our CSA! 

What’s a CSA?
CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture.” CSA members pay in advance for a share in the farm’s production, so that funds are available to the farmer to get the growing season started. In return, members receive shares of the farm's bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from connecting to a local farm. When community members provide the farmer with working capital to start the season (literally, “seed money”), growers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing. CSA members help local farmers stay afloat, and get the benefits of fresh, healthy, local produce. Becoming a member of our CSA means you are supporting family farmers, preserving the health of the land around your city, and eating the healthiest local food available.

Volunteering:
“Community” is the first word in CSA! We ask that someone from each household signs up to help out at the produce pick-up site during the season. Members are not required to do any work on the farm, but you are certainly welcome to visit and to help out! Many members enjoy volunteering at the farm and learning more about where their food comes from; and we enjoy working with members and getting to know them better. We also plan to offer various events throughout the season. We look forward to collaborating with our members on these additional activities!

The realities of farming:
There are always risks in farming, but our experience has taught us to minimize these risks by planting a diversity of crops, and following regular planting successions. Nature tends to balance the offerings, too. For example – a dry season for arugula will mean a great crop of tomatoes.






Let us know if you would like to start a pick-up site in your neighborhood. 

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