“You guys make being healthy easy!” — Nicole, Frenchtown, NJ
John Crooke, Farmer
Tinicum CSA is owned and operated by Bucks County native John Crooke. 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 his wife, Amanda. His interest in organic 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. John especially enjoys the edible results of vegetable farming and is excited to share this abundance with the community.
Joe Fernandez, Assistant Manager
This is Joe’s second year at Tinicum CSA. Joe spent three years working in community asset development in northern Laos. There he was exposed to subsistence living and communities that had a rich connection with one another, their food, and their land. Joe sees sustainable farming as a way to develop these connections for himself. Over the last few years, he has worked on farms around the world connecting with people, the planet, and what is on his plate. Farming has brought Joe great joy and fulfillment, and his dream is to have his own farm in the coming years. He is excited to be back in the Northeast US, where he is from, and to be working hard, eating well, and learning as much as he can at Tinicum CSA.
Sarah Keown, Farm Crew
Sarah grew up in the Adirondacks and fell in love with plants at a young age. She is a passionate horticulturist and has been working on various sustainable agriculture projects and farms for the past 10 years. She has a passion for environmental education and most recently taught in ecological design courses. As an educator she is always looking for ways to expand her breadth of knowledge and is currently in herbal medicine school. Sarah is rooted in values of truly caring about the land and each other and has found that farming has been a great way to connect people with nature. She recently moved to the area and is excited to join the Tinicum farm crew this season and connect with the local community. When she’s not farming or gardening you can find her teaching or practicing yoga, making herbal concoctions, knitting, or strolling on the towpath.
Rori Imhof, Farm Crew
This is Rori’s third season working at Tinicum CSA. She was born and raised in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Her favorite thing about working at the farm is the early morning mist coming off the river. Rori is still undecided about where her life is going to take her, but she knows that it will include an appreciation for the natural world and a focus on sustainability. In her free time, you might find Rori snowboarding, hiking, road biking, or making art.
Elliot Rosenfeld, Farm Crew
Elliott comes to Tinicum CSA excited to contribute, learn and grow throughout the season. Growing up across various terrains and climates, Elliott learned how to ride horses, garden, and spent summers helping can peaches. More recently, Elliott had their first formal farm experience while living in Spain and felt a passion to continue farm work. With skills and knowledge from Tinicum, Elliott hopes to help create a sustainable land project in the future.
Stephen Evarts, Farm Crew
The 2022 season will be Stephen’s third year at Tinicum CSA. Stephen is a local of Hunterdon County and has been a Delaware river dweller all their life. Their fondness for nature and farming grew from an early age while playing in their backyard creek, picking ripe and sunny cherry tomatoes from the family garden, and raising their backyard pet chickens. Stephen has worked in food service for four years, but particularly enjoys working at Tinicum CSA because plants tend not to complain and, of course, the great crew on board at the farm. Currently enrolled at Raritan Valley Community College, Stephen hopes to pursue a career in Anthropology or Linguistics. Typically, during their downtime, Stephen reads, travels, dabbles in languages, bakes cakes, watches soapy Korean or Spanish telenovelas, takes nature walks, or swims in the river.
Although Tinicum CSA is not certified organic, all our produce is grown in accord with organic principles and methods. We do not use any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or fertilizers. Everything we grow is GMO-free.
If you have any questions about our practices, you are welcome to stop by, ask questions, and see our fields for yourself! We believe that this direct, person-to-person trust and transparency is more meaningful and sustainable than paying a third-party certification corporation to vouch for our growing practices.
What We Believe
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.
The Tinicum CSA Tale
Tinicum CSA was established in 2013 by 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. Stefan and John worked together to create streamlined, small-scale farm systems that follow ecological methods, while prioritizing the farmers’ well-being. For the first 5 years of Tinicum CSA, the two farmers continually pursued sustainability for both the farm and the farmers. All of this led to providing full seasons of abundant, tasty produce for the community. In addition to offering great CSA shares, the farmers always worked to improve the CSA experience for its Members. Whether it was expanding pick-up times, offering a new pick-your-own item, or simply planting flowering perennials, Stefan and John continually considered how to make the farm a more welcoming and beautiful place to visit. At the close of the 2017 season, Stefan decided to return to his Buddhist monastic pursuits, which he had begun prior to vegetable farming.
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: