Meet the Central Park West CSA Core Team

Dear CPW CSA Members,

The Core Team hopes you’ve enjoyed your first pick up on Tuesday. Every week, we receive different produce and we don’t usually know what it’s going to be until the day that it arrives. It has to do with what the farmers planted and what’s ready to be picked on the day before or the morning of the delivery. What we do know is that it’s going to be very fresh, local, and pesticide free.

When I posted a message to our website a few weeks ago, I introduced myself and said you’d hear about the other members of the Core Team soon.

Here is a bit of info about the other 4 members of the team:

Mark Lee, our Webmaster, is a technology and operations administrator for the City of New York. He has lived in the Upper West Side since 2013 with his wife Andrea and dog Harper. In his spare time, Mark enjoys music, travel, photography, and web design.

Jess Bridgman, joined our CSA in 2016 and has been our Membership Coordinator since last season. Originally from London, she lives on the Upper West Side and works for a city business group. She signed up to the CSA as a way to support local farmers, eat more vegetables, and cook with new and exciting ingredients.

Abe Givner, our Treasurer, lives on the Upper West Side with his wife and Java and Stella, their cats. Their kids and grandkids are scattered coast to coast and across “the pond.” Abe is a Professor of Psychology at Yeshiva University. This is his third years as member of the CPWCSA.

Alissa Auerbach, our new Volunteer Coordinator, lived in Vermont for 7 years before returning to NYC about two years ago. It was in Vermont that she first became aware of supporting local farms by becoming a member of a CSA, and she was thrilled to join our CSA last year. Alissa is the Development Director at Vermont College of Fine Arts and enjoys spending time in Central Park, independent bookstores, and seeing all the Broadway shows.

Let us know if you’d like to get more involved in running our CSA. We can always use help. Some of the things we are hoping to have help with are 2 or 3 members to plan a visit to the farm, posting recipes on our website, and working side by side with one of us as a way of learning about a role that you may be interested in having down the road when the need arises. For example, we have recently learned that Abe will be stepping down as our Treasurer at the end of this season, and we hope to train his replacement during this season.

Please let me know if you will like to find out more about any of these ways of getting more involved.

Susan Spieler, CPWCSA Coordinator