Friday, April 24, 2015

Thanks to all that came to our Roots & Wings CSA Open House! 
We had a great turn-out, and we have over 40 CSA members. In case you haven't signed up yet, the deadline is extended to May 1. You can sign up here.  Questions? Contact Nancy, our CSA Manager, at

CSA Open House at Days of Wonder's "Farm Room."

And, thanks to the Rivertowns Enterprise for covering the story!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Roots & Wings CSA Open House on March 21

a fresh initiative to bring you local produce 

Learn more at Roots & Wings CSA Open House
on Saturday, March 21, at the "Farm Room" at Days of Wonder in Dobbs Ferry

Days of Wonder
Join Roots & Wings CSA members and prospective members, and meet farmer Dan King on Saturday, March 21 at 10:00 – 11:30 AM at the "Farm Room" at Days of Wonder at 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. This free event is cosponsored by EatLocalNY. For more information, contact the CSA Manager at

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and consists of a community of people who pay in advance for a portion of a farm’s harvest. It’s a win/win: Members receive an assortment of seasonal produce throughout the farming season. Farmers receive payment early in the season, a time when they need to purchase seeds but typically would not have income.

We are launching Roots & Wings CSA in partnership with Rexcroft Farm, a seventh generation family farm in Athens, NY. Rexcroft Farm has been working with CSAs in the Westchester area for the past eight years, as well as various farmers markets.

CSA shares include 7-8 kinds of produce

Farmer Dan King grows a variety of produce, as well as raises cows, pigs, and chickens on the pasture, and keeps bees.

“I’m ordering my seeds now, and will start my seedlings in a few weeks based, in part, on how many people I’m farming for in the Roots & Wings CSA. We hope to be getting on field in late March,” says Dan.

Nancy Delmerico
CSA Manager

Nancy Delmerico, Roots & Wings CSA Manager, has long been an advocate for the community and for sustainable living, using both her artistic talents and her knowledge of her hometown, Dobbs Ferry.  Nancy says, Roots & Wings CSA is a way we can move towards a more healthy lifestyle as individuals while also contributing to a healthier planet.”

EatLocalNY is the cosponsor of Roots & Wings CSA Open House, providing sustainably grown coffee from Coffee Labs Roasters in Tarrytown. In addition, all Roots & Wings CSA members will receive 15% off all EatLocalNY online purchases. 

Says Derek DiGuglielmo, the founder of this Dobbs Ferry-based nonprofit, “EatLocalNY shares Roots & Wings commitment to strengthening local food systems and supporting local economies.”

Roots & Wings CSA offers a 20 and 15-week vegetable share, half-shares, the option of adding on a fruit share, and individual purchase of eggs, meat, maple syrup and honey. The season runs from June through October. The distribution site is South Presbyterian Church’s parking lot, in Dobbs Ferry. Pick-up is between 7:30 – 9:30 Sunday mornings. 

For more information, visit or contact Roots & Wings CSA Manager, Nancy Delmerico, at”

Rexcroft Farm will be donating a CSA share and excess produce to the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry. 

Farmer Dan King

Rexcroft Farm is a seventh generation family farm. Dan and Nate King run the operation with assistance from other family members and a few dedicated employees. They own just less than 400 acres, which is divided up into vegetable areas, greenhouse areas, barns, pastures and woodlots. Rexcroft Farm focuses on vegetable production with a strong secondary emphasis on our grass-fed, naturally raised animals. They also grow peaches, apricots, plums and raspberries.

The Kings grow with long-term ecological health in mind. They employ integrated pest management; a technique that suppresses unwanted insects without relying on pesticides, as well as use organically approved products such as insecticidal soap and other natural oils.  They do not use genetically modified seeds. They also run the farm with a wide open door policy, inviting people to visit the farm and learn how their food is grown. “When CSA members visit the farm, we take them on a tour and say, ‘This is your food growing here. Here's what we're picking this week.’ People love it,” Dan says.

Rexcroft Farm has been a member of C.E. Inc. Greenmarkets in the NYC area since 1998. They are members of Farm Bureau and are a Pride of NY Farm.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Seeds of Time at 7 PM January 15, at South Church

  • Plan to attend our community screening of the feature documentary SEEDS OF TIME next Thursday, January 15, at 7 PM, at South Church. All are welcome / FREE.

    This is a unique food film unlike what you may have seen before. It is about the foundation of agriculture: our seeds. It is about the fragility of modern agriculture, and the challenges that lay ahead in this era of climate change. We will have time for discussion after the film. 

    A perfect storm is brewing as agricultural pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Gene banks of the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation inspired rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate changes are already affecting farmers globally. But Fowler's journey, and our own, is just beginning. 

    From Rome to Russia and, finally, a remote island under the Arctic Circle, his passionate and personal journey may hold the key to saving the one resource we cannot live with out:  seeds.

    click here to view the trailer

Friday, November 28, 2014

Interfaith Vigil for UN Climate Change Conference on Dec. 7


Sunday, December 7 at 7:30pm

World leaders will come together in Lima, Peru this December for the UN Climate Change – an agreement that we hope will then be finalized in Paris in 2015. These leaders need to know that we're holding their work in our thoughts, meditations and prayers.
Conference (COP 20/CMP 10). They’ll be working to establish the fundamentals of a strong, global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
As they start their work, join us in a vigil –
·       for strong action by world governments in response to the climate crisis, including meaningful progress in Lima
·       for governments to fulfill and even increase their pledges to the UN’s Green Climate Fund, which will assist poor nations in dealing with the climate crisis
·       for justice for the world’s poor, who have done the least to contribute to the climate crisis, but are most vulnerable to its effects
As citizens of the so-called First World, we recognize our responsibility for having despoiled and destabilized the global climate.  We recognize our moral responsibility to do everything we can to reverse the worst effects of our society’s wastefulness, and to work to restore creation. We also recognize our special responsibility to our brothers and sisters the world over who are already dealing with the devastating impacts of climate destabilization.
We can make a difference. As humanity finally begins to grapple with this existential crisis, we must ensure that our actions are grounded in respect for the natural environment, a passion for justice for the vulnerable, and a deep love for one another. With our lights we can guide the way.

Sponsored by:  Baha’i Faith; Concerned Families of Westchester; Great Company (a GreenFaith Circle); InterFaith Connection; InterGenerate; ROAR (Religious Organizations Along the River); Roots & Wings, the sustainable initiative of South Church Dobbs Ferry; Sisters of Charity New York; Sisters of the Divine Compassion; Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion; and White Plains Presbyterian Church.

For more information search Westchester #LightForLima Vigil on Facebook.  For questions please contact Great Company at .

Sunday, November 16, 2014

CSA stories

I snuck out of the house before anyone was awake, and wheeled my bike silently out of the shed. Going to my first CSA pick-up felt like a little adventure. 

Twenty minutes later I arrived at the Main Street School, in Irvington. What does a CSA even look like, I wondered. 

Then, behind about two dozen cars I saw a very mini farmer’s market. I told the woman with a clipboard my name, and then followed others, shopping as the signs directed. “One bunch.” “3 fruits.” “2 bags.” I didn't even need to get out my wallet.

CSA stands for community supported agriculture, which means that people prepurchase a portion of a farm’s harvest. Northeast OrganicFarming Organization says CSAs emerged in Japan and Europe in the 1960’s, driven by consumers who wanted quality food and to support sustainable agricultural practices. It arrived in the US in the mid 1980s. Local Harvest estimates that there are now 4000 CSAs in the US.
All of the produce I picked up was grown on Rexcroft Farm, in Greene County, near the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. It was picked within the last few days, and driven by the farm’s owner, Dan King, to two central meeting places, where volunteers distribute it to approximately 200 members from the Rivertowns as well as far away as White Plains and Yonkers.

 Later that morning I rolled back onto our patio, lifted the green grocers bag out of my back-of-bike basket, and carried it into the kitchen. My daughters, now awake and sensing breakfast, gathered round. I reached in to display our farm fresh food. But, what was this orange goo on my parslane? I opened the bag and saw small smashed heirloom tomatoes everywhere, like sticky popcorn on the floor of a movie multiplex. The peaches, however, nestled against the red-leaf amaranth, were intact. So were the half-dozen pullet eggs.

My mistake was packing my grocery bag the same way I always did, when it just had to travel from cart to car trunk to kitchen. It had been so fun biking home, bouncing on the Aqueduct’s root bumps past joggers and dog walkers, I didn’t give my cargo a second thought.

There are other differences between a CSA and shopping in a grocery store. Els van den Bosch, who has been a member the Rexcroft Farm CSA since it started, about seven years ago, sums up the biggest complaint. “For many people the drawback is that one can’t chose what one gets.” 

She continues, “Most of the time, though, I have enjoyed the challenge. It means that I go on the Internet in search of recipes and I have made dishes I would otherwise never have made. For example, I made my own (raw) sauerkraut, and stuffed poblano peppers are now a favorite snack. My kids have learned to appreciate the wider choice of vegetables, and to be agreeable to eat what is being served even if it is new or not exactly as appetizing as their favorite fare. Do I like everything? No. But I freeze what my family won’t eat and serve it when we have guests who will love the Brussels sprouts.”

“We would not have eaten kale if it hadn’t been for the CSA and when my daughter told us about the kale she bought and cooked in her dorm room I knew that I had given her a valuable example.”

The variety of produce in each CSA share turns out to be a benefit for many. Kathy Dean, who has been a 
Rexcroft Farm CSA member for five years, notes, “Besides having incredibly fresh vegetables, we have learned to love kohlrabi which we had never tried before. Many new recipes have become favorites, Macaroni and Cheese with Spinach, Cabbage and Mushrooms and Cauliflower Kale Pie to name a few."

My family had eased into the CSA with the lowest commitment level, the 15-week half share of vegetables and fruit for $347.50, because I wasn’t sure if it would be a good value. But the fact that the Old Croton Aqueduct connects my home in Dobbs Ferry to the pick up site, at the Main Street School, in Irvington, sealed the deal. Even if I was paying farmers market prices for the produce, I reasoned, I could bike there. I’d get some exercise and good food and add absolutely nothing to my carbon footprint.

last CSA pick-up of the season
Now, I’d say it was the best $23.16 I spent each week.

Dale Williams, who, with Betsy Anderson, was the other part of our first-time half-share, lists his top three CSA highlights: the fresh food, the local connection, and the camaraderie at the pickup

He adds, “I love that mixed in with the lovely local versions of the produce I buy regularly there's often one item that I don't know or wouldn't have thought to purchase. Who knew I'd love red leaf amaranth (and that it's so pretty), red shiso, or lemon cukes? Every week I look forward to finding out what bounty we'll receive.”

To find out more about Rexcroft Farm CSA visit or email