Welcome to Spring 2016

Happy Spring 2016! The season of Being Excellent to Each Other has returned!

If you are in the Newark area and would like to be involved in healthy food, education, community development and entrepreneurship this year, contact Emilio at:

PSHOPE13@gmail.com

 

These peas ain't growin' themselves! Lend Marshall a hand!
These seeds ain’t plantin’ themselves!               Come lend a hand!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

A BLESSED HOLIDAY SEASON TO ALL IN OUR DIVERSE COMMUNITY

TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS, GUESTS, SUPPORTERS AND FAMILIES

THANK YOU FOR MAKING 2015 AN AMAZING YEAR

AND FOR PLANTING SEEDS OF HOPE IN OUR HEARTS

(c) Elizabeth Leitzell, 2015
(c) Elizabeth Leitzell, 2015

SWAG Fall CSA

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SWAG Project is super excited to announce its 2015 trial CSA program that lets us bring you a fixed box of beautiful fall veggies! Please see the overview below,and contact us to join the program!
How our CSA will work
Our CSA or Community Sourced Agriculture share program will run for 5 weeks, starting in October and going through mid Nov.
Dates: October 16th, October 23, October 30, November 6, and (maybe) November 13.
Each person who signs up will get a fixed ‘share’ or box/bag of seasonal fall fruits and vegetables (and some other specialty items when possible).  Each CSA share will be a mix of 7-10 items. There will be a mix of roots, greens, tubers, fruits, etc.  While there will be some overlapping items week to week, some items will change throughout the CSA.  Share size will be between 8-15 lbs depending on the items included each week.  All shareholders will receive the same items as their fellow shareholders and the box will be fixed each week.  Items will change week to week.
What produce can I expect from this CSA
At SWAG we are focused on local, organic (or Biodynamic, sustainably grown, IPM) products.  We are in the North East and the growing season here will dictate what is available.  We want people to have a mix of items they can cook with and be excited about.  This year, we expect to include a mix of some of the following items each week:
Kale, Chard, Collards, Lettuce, Cabbage
Carrots, Beets, Parsnip, Kohlrabi, Fennel
Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes
Onions, Garlic, Leeks
Eggplant, Peppers (in October perhaps)
Squash (butternut, Acorn, Spaghetti, etc)
Fruit: Apple, Pear, Quince, Grapes
Specialty: Mushrooms, Honey, Grains, Juices, etc.
Some of this produce will come from our farm and some will come from other partner farms across NJ.
COST
Each share will cost $20/week. CASH only please.
Shares will be paid for the week BEFORE they are picked up. People interested in joining will ‘sign-up’ with swag no later than Oct 7th. The first payment will be made no later than Oct 9th.  We are asking that all people who sign up for the CSA commit to the first two weeks/shares. 
Ongoing payment will be made at pickup.  Shareholders who want a share the following week will need to bring payment for the next week/share to the market at the time they are picking up their current share. EG: Shareholders picking up a share on the 16th will bring the $20 for the following week (Oct 23rd) share, and the same for following weeks.
PICKUP
Friday’s between 12pm – 5:30pm you will be able to pick up your ‘share’ from the market at SWAG.
Rainy-day pick-up will be inside the tabernacle building.
If you cannot make the pickup, please arrange to have someone else collect it for you.  This person can also make a payment on your behalf for the next week.
COMMENTS!
If you want to be in the CSA, please email us (swagprojectnewark@gmail.com) no later that Oct 7th and bring payment to the SWAG farm stand no later than Oct 9th (Friday).  As mentioned above, we are asking people to commit to the first two weeks. It will be $20 due at that time and $20 due at the first pickup (payment after that will be on a weekly basis)
 
 
You can copy and paste the below if you are signing up for the CSA
I want to participate in the SWAG 2014 CSA
Name:
Phone Number:
Email:
Please answer the following questions if you sign up for the CSA
1) Name 1 to 3 Fall items you would be excited to cook with!
2) Name 1 Fall item you would not like to receive (if there is one).
3) Please let us know if you would be interested in also receiving cheese or meat products for an additional charge (if we have enough interest we will let people know in advance what the item will be and the additional cost.)
Cheers
SWAG Team

Final push to support SWAG Project #FundSWAG

Click here to make your contribution to our vanguard Newark Ag Project – South Ward Agri-Garden (SWAG) Project.

Even your small contribution goes along way toward our sustainable agriculture and youth development practices. We are investing in infrastructure that will decrease our costs each year, and we are training new youth interns to help us operate the farm in the future. So your dollars go beyond just 2015, and they go beyond just farming – they are community and people development through urban agriculture and food justice programs!

We only have one month to go – so don’t wait!

see: www.swagproject.org for more info