Skip Navigation

Back to all resources

Photo: CSA in COVID Times (2020)

By Sue Bottino

On our last late fall CSA share pickup of 2020 at Newton Community Farm, Jay Vilar, our Operations, Communications, and Events Manager, is bundled for the cold and taking precautions against COVID-19. In other years, our barn becomes like a small market inside, where 40 late fall CSA sharers pick and pack their produce, which may have been harvested by our farm manager, assistant farm manager, field crew, or volunteers. Customers mill around at their leisure and visit with other farm supporters. This year, all staff assisted in the harvest as volunteer numbers were greatly cut back to reduce exposure for staff and the community. Staff also pre-packed items like the leafy greens you see here, and put each share in a repurposed, sanitized crate. Pickups were scheduled in advance and sharers transferred their vegetables, herbs, and fruit into their bags on sanitized tables. Although this may sound like a less personal way to interact, you can see in Jay’s expression the absolute joy and pride that Newton Community Farm staff felt when distributing the shares to our wonderful family of customers. The brief, warm exchanges we had with sharers were often the highlight of our week and theirs!By downloading this image, you agree to use the photo within the context that it was taken. You also agree to never use it for commercial purposes. The image always belongs to the original photographer and should be attributed to the photographer and Center for a Livable Future Food Policy Networks Photo Contest. Image credit: Sue Bottino; CLF Food Policy Networks Photo Contest, 2020