I posted a couple months ago about waffling over joining a CSA. After talking with a couple other women in my department and doing some research, I decided that I will be part of a CSA this summer. It's not the one I thought I'd be part of - I chose a slightly more expensive one that supposedly has better quality food. I also joined with a friend from church - so in the end I'm paying $12/week and I figure it will even out.
The CSA I joined is run by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. They run several CSA sites around the city with sliding-scale membership fees based on household income. I signed us up according to our combined stipends, which actually puts us at the top of 4 income categories. They also offer a level for people buying shares with food stamps.
Part of the cost of membership is 4 hours of volunteer time. I signed up to work two weeks of distribution, which will fulfill that.
The one thing that was disappointing about this CSA is that a half share means the full amount of food, delivered every other week. You don't choose which set of weeks you're on - it's assigned by last name - and if you miss your week you can't just go the next week.
That's actually why I scouted out a friend to split a share with. In the end, I think it will be more fun to split with someone and share the experience. And I think she's a better cook than me, so hopefully I'll get to learn from her too :)
Now when does my food get here?* ;)
*the first week of June. I'm just impatient ;)