Tinicum CSA is a partnership between Bucks County native John Crooke and Minnesota native Stefan Streit, who met each other in 2012, while they were both working as CSA apprentices at Sisters Hill Farm in Stanfordville, NY.
John grew up sharing the chores with his brothers on his parents’ dairy farm. He enjoys waking up early, drinking yerba mate, and preparing tasty meals with friends. His interest in vegetable farming began at Cornell University, where he co-managed the student farm at Dilmun Hill. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Paraguay, where he worked for three years in Agricultural Extension and Corps Member Coordination. Although he misses Paraguay, John is excited to be back in Bucks County and farming in Tinicum!
For his part, Stefan just can’t seem to get away from Zen, swing & blues dancing, and trying to make his life gentler on the planet. Stefan’s tale includes a bit of variety. He grew up in Minnesota, and not long after college, worked as an Americorps member for an environmental restoration non-profit in Seattle. Following that, he lived in a Zen monastery in the Catskills for 3 years, where he took ordination as a Buddhist monk. Nowadays, Stefan counts his blessings that he’s fortunate enough to be working outdoors everyday doing something he really believes in. He’s also grateful for the support and companionship of his wife, Meave.
Together, John and Stefan have a shared vision for Tinicum CSA. We believe there are four essential elements of Tinicum CSA. First, we insist that what we do must be good for the members who participate in our CSA. We believe that what we grow is healthy, nourishing, and a good value for a full season of produce. Second, we commit to leaving the land on which we farm in even better growing condition than the way we received it. Third, we are determined that our efforts on the farm should afford us a dignified quality of life. And finally, as responsible citizens of the local community, we intend to do right by our neighbors, other local businesses, and the community.
We feel fortunate to be farming the fertile bottomland soil of the Schneiderwind farm which overlooks the scenic Delaware River, immediately across the bridge from Frenchtown, NJ. Over the years this land has evolved to support different kinds of production. In the past, Walter Schneiderwind grew primarily sweet corn and cut flowers here, and more recently, his son Craig manages the property and the Schneiderwind Farm & Nursery. These days the farm features a diversity of their own and local: annual and perennial flowers, landscape plants, honey, farm fresh eggs, maple syrup, produce, and seasonal items such as pumpkins and Christmas trees. We’re pleased to be working side-by-side with Craig to strengthen the tapestry of local agriculture in the Bucks County & Hunterdon County region.
We are also deeply grateful to be the beneficiaries of three years of diligent work by Nate Walker and Heather Brady of Open Acres CSA. In 2010 Open Acres launched its first season at Schneiderwind Farm and continued through the end of 2012. Nate and Heather brought a new element to the locale by providing an impressive array of seasonal produce from May through November. Fostering a keen sense of land stewardship and community outreach, they built a firm foundation for a CSA — vegetables grew in great bounty, and community members richly enjoyed the harvest. John and Stefan are grateful to inherit their already-established business and their spirit of optimism, hard work, and compassion.
Join us in celebrating delicious, seasonal feasting and a strong tradition of local agriculture — become a Tinicum CSA member today!