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Going Green in Queens 03152012

Going Green in Queens 03152012

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Published by Colin DeVries
This TimesLedger Newspapers special section was created in tandem with the Going Green conference promoting sustainable living in Queens. The section features stories on community-supported agriculture, solar energy and ecosystem preservation, as well as an itinerary of events at the conference.
This TimesLedger Newspapers special section was created in tandem with the Going Green conference promoting sustainable living in Queens. The section features stories on community-supported agriculture, solar energy and ecosystem preservation, as well as an itinerary of events at the conference.

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A TimesLedger speciAL secTionmArch 15-21, 2012
By Tammy Scileppi
Flushing is going green, offeringfresh local, organic food to Queens’“green-deprived” residents. It recentlyannounced its Community Supported Ag-riculture partnership with Golden Earth-worm Organic Farm on Long Island.Part of a growing trend, CSA is amutual agreement between local farm-ers and community members who paythe farmer a fee in advance to cover pro-duction costs. Offering weekly harvestshares of fruits and vegetables, the farmpromises to provide key features of sus-tainability as well as fair food, labor andenvironmental practices.Living a sustainably-savvy lifestyle,Kristin Allocco, 27, a longtime residentof Bayside, works as education coordina-tor at the Queens County Farm in Flo-ral Park,where sheloved to go asa child. Her jobdescription focuseson teaching about sustain-able agriculture and colonial times toadults and kids. She also teaches danceand fitness.“GoldenEarthworm Or-ganic Farm haspartnered with severalneighborhoods in Queens,including Flushing and Douglaston. Resi-dents of these areas can join the CSA andpay a fee upfront for produce for the year.Members then pick up weekly shares of food brought to them directly from thisfarm” Allocco said. “Weekly shares varyby season, but each week there will bea bag full of different types of produce.Food is available for pickup on Tuesdayevenings at Alley Pond EnvironmentalCenter between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.”Golden Earthworm Organic Farm iscertified organic CSA farm on the NorthFork of Long Island’s east end, servingmore than 1,500 member group in thecommunities of Queens and Long Island.Vegetables are certified organic,while fruit is non-certified organic but re-sponsibly grown. “The Flushing CSA is awonderful way to try foods only availableby season. Supporting local CSA’s helpsus support local farmers and move away
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The Going Green In Queens 2012 Planning Committee,The Queens Civic Congress & The Queens Coalition for Parks
Networking Conference
GOING GREEN IN QUEENS 2012
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from our dependence on unsustainable fac-tory farms,” said Allocco.Let’s face it. We live in a time whenpesticides, preservatives, and radiatedfood products are a fact of life. There seemsto be an ongoing battle between organicvs. the other stuff. When we see the word“organic,” we tend to think “expensive” or“exclusive.” Paradoxically, this way of eat-ing is actually simpler and healthier, morewholesome and literally of the earth.Perhaps we’re not convinced that or-ganic really means all natural – after all,how do we really know? Some people don’ttrust it, claiming it’s a sinister marketingtool. Others will only buy hormone-freemilk and dairy products, cage-free eggs,and organic produce if they can find it at alocal fruit stand or greenmarket.“In urban areas, there tends to be adisconnect between food and farming. It’shard to imagine how important it is to pur-chase local food when we can’t see whereit comes from,” Allocco said. “The Flush-ing CSA brings the farm a little closer tohome. People tend to think of organic asbeing overpriced, but the Flushing CSA isaffordable and breaks down to about $11.00per week for fresh, organic produce.”Growing up, Allocco said she just as-sumed all food came from farms like hergrandparents’ in Manorville, L.I., wherethe living green expert and her sisterwould fill empty Maxwell House Coffeecans with juicy peaches and fat strawber-ries — always coming home with bags fullof fruits and vegetables.“I had the best of both worlds: Onweekends, we visited my grandparents inthe country and I was able to pick peachesand ride on tractors. Meanwhile, at homewe were just a short train ride to Manhat-tan.”“My mom taught me a lot about sus-tainability, although I didn’t realize it atthe time. She is incredibly creative and wealways used the resources we had avail-able to us. A lot of that came from the com-munity.”She pointed out that eating locallygrown food means Queens residents caneat fresh produce that does not containschemicals and does not require the heavyuse of fuel to transport it to the consumer,which cuts down emissions.The Queens County Farm Museumoffers a farm stand from June 1 throughthe end of October. It’s open Wednesdaythrough Sunday, between noon and 5 p.m.The Douglaston Greenmarket on 41st Av-enue and 235th Street reopens July 8 andruns until Nov. 18. The market operates onSundays only, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
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The Queens County Farm Museum provies a farm stan an information on community supporte agriculture. Kristin Alloco (above) is an agriculture e-ucator at the museum.
Photos courtesy of Queens County Farm Museum staff

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