Plattsburgh woman's CSA growing food, plants and interest

Since the size of the CSA is still small, with currently only five members, LeClaire said she prides herself on being able to tailor the weekly harvests to each consumer and able to arrange pick-up times to meet different schedules.

"It's a very eccentric CSA," said LeClaire.

This year, the CSA will also utilize the help of "WWOOFers," which are volunteer helpers who are found through the international program World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. The volunteers, many of which consist of graduate students fresh out of college, come to stay at the CSA for the season and work the land.

"I have some coming from Germany, some coming from New York City. There's even one that might come from France," said LeClaire.

The relationship is a symbiotic one, LeClaire said, as the planting and harvesting is handled by the volunteers who, in turn, receive an education about gardening and work, have a place to stay and have food to eat.

Ideally, the CSA is only a part of what LeClaire would like to see on her land. Eventually, she would like to establish her own residency program where artists could come to create their works and essentially live off the land.

"Really, it's the beginning of a bigger project," she said of the CSA. "I really want people to be able to come really experience the land and take something away from it."

Those interested in learning more about the Quarry Garden CSA may contact LeClaire by phone at 562-3243 or by e-mail at kleclaire@hotmail.com.

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