Dear fellow parishioners:
We’re thrilled to announce the formation of Blessed Sacrament’s first ever CSA program. As many of you may know, a CSA—Community Supported Agriculture—is a farm share program that allows its members (that’s us!) to buy fresh, locally sourced and, in our case, organic produce directly from farmers. CSA programs cut out the so-called middlemen and allow farmers to plan for the season in advance, providing them much-needed funds to buy seeds and other equipment. Consumers, meantime, know where their food comes from, as well as those who farm it—in our case, the Dominican Sisters who till the four-acre parcel christened Harmony Farm (http://www.harmonyfarmny.com) in Blauvelt, New York. They’re committed to the principles of organic and sustainable farming—an important cause given the strain our environment continues to face. As Pope Francis himself wrote in his encyclical, Laudato Si: “... We have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” Starting a CSA (1) connects our parish to the land, (2) reminds us of the abundant fruits of God's love and Mother Nature week after week, (3) and provides our Soup Kitchen and Pantry with healthy food.
How will it work?
We hope you consider being part of Blessed Sacrament's inaugural CSA year. We look forward to seeing you after Mass!