Meet Your Core Group

Name: Denise Bolognino, She/Her

CSA Role: Director

Duties Include: Source food and manage relationships with farmers. Manage team of volunteers to deliver local food that is regenerative to the environment and to ourselves.

Day Job: Social worker

CSA Favorite(s): Cherries, gooseberries, leafy greens

Hobbies: Gardening, reading, biking, cooking

Member Since: 2006


Name: Helen Dwork

CSA Role: Communications Manager

Duties Include: Writing most of the emails you receive from the CSA

Day Job: Social Worker/Writer/Editor

CSA Favorite(s): Sage, Cherries, Kale

Hobbies: Reading, Cooking

Member Since: 2019


Name: Sebastian Geiger

CSA Role: Web Developer

Duties Include: Making sure the website is working

Day Job: Software Engineer at Stitch Fix

CSA Favorite(s): Strawberries, Tomatoes, Kohlrabi (as "Schnitzel")

Hobbies: Walks around the neighborhood with my son, wife and dog. Also coffee.

Member Since: 2021 Season


Name: Linnea Kickasola

CSA Role: Delivery of leftover CSA produce to the Hour Children Food Pantry

Duties include: picking up leftovers at the end of each distribution and taking them to the food pantry, or organizing other volunteers to do it when I'm not able to

Day job: professional singer and musician, church music director

CSA favorites: berries and stone fruit, chard and leeks

Hobbies: reading, cooking, gardening

Member since: a long time--2005?


Name: Patricia Silva (they/them)

CSA Role: Instagram Manager

Duties: Member engagement through photography

CSA favorites: all the little surprises that our farm throws in from time to time. 

Hobbies: House plant therapies 

Member Since: 2015?


Name: Stefano Bolognino

CSA Role: Head Site Manager

Duties Include: Receive deliveries, organize our site,  buy supplies, training

Day Job: Artist

CSA Favorite(s): Cherries, herbs, onions, and all the greens .

Hobbies: Gardening

Member Since: 2007


Name: Antigone (Ann) Darmanin

CSA Role: Site Manager

Duties Include: Occasionally overseeing volunteer shifts and meeting the truck for pick up.

Day Job: Homemaker

CSA Favorites: Currants, strawberries, cherries, beets, fennel, leeks, & cabbage.

Hobbies: Volunteering, farming, gardening, cooking, fermenting, hiking.

Member Since: 2018


Name: Max Steiker

CSA Role: Site Manager

Duties Include: Loading and Unloading the Truck.

Day Job: I work at Trader Joe's.

CSA Favorite(s): Strawberries, Dandelion Greens.

Hobbies: I like to go on long walks

Member Since: 2022


Name: Marykate Collins (she/her)

CSA Role: Site Manager

Duties Include: greeting & checking in CSA pickups and organizing the site

Day Job: Finance office manager 

CSA Favorite(s): Berries, stone fruits & butter lettuce 

Hobbies: exploring Astoria with my Dalmatian, Meeko

Member Since: 2022


Name: Alexis Diaz (they, them)

CSA Role: Site Manager

Duties Include: unloading the truck

Day Job: Social worker

CSA Favorite(s): herbs!

Hobbies: Fermentation! I brew kombucha and make sourdough and pickles. I also like bike riding, hiking, cooking, and reading. 

Member Since: pre-pandemic and now I'm back!


Name: Susan Robinson (She/Her/Hers)

CSA Role: Site Manager

Day Job: Speaker and Business Consultant

CSA Favorite(s): STRAWBERRIES!!!

Hobbies: tandem cycling (I am legally blind), yoga, travel, Argentine tango, exploring NYC

Member Since: 2022


Name: Sam Kraus (He/him/his)

CSA Role: Site Manager/Assistant to the Communications Manager

Duties Include: Managing the site and helping out.

Day Job: Works at NYC Health + Hospitals getting federal money for covid + other big disasters!

CSA Favorite(s): Peaches, plums, beets

Hobbies: playing bocce ball, making ice cream, making pizza, helping the csa, and going to the beach.

Member Since: 2019


Name: Jeannie Queen

CSA Role: Site Manager

Duties Include: Unloading and taking photos for social media

Day Job: Public Health Nutritionist 

CSA Favorite(s): Gooseberries and heirloom tomatoes 

Hobbies: Hiking, dancing, NYC food touring

Member Since: 2017