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Common Ground Farm

Farming for the future, today.

Location: Stony Kill Environmental Center
Members: 93
Latest Activity: Jan 4, 2015

Support Common Ground Farm's Nonprofit Programs

To every thing there is a season...
A time for the land to rest, a time to draw up a growing plan and order the seeds, a time to plan our many education programs at the farm and in our schools. Now is the time we especially need your support to enable us to plan the coming year with confidence. As our focus turns to plans for 2015, we ask you to help the farm continue to thrive and to grow our education, farm-to-school, and food access programs.

Through 2014 your generous support at our booth at the Farmers Market and at our fundraising events has enabled us to:
  • Achieve a huge 50% increase - over 3,000 pounds! -- in our donations of freshly harvested, organically-grown vegetables to food pantries, soup kitchens, and children’s programs.
  • Expand our Farm-to-School programs, bringing positive change to children’s diets through visits to the Farm, lessons with Farmers, and Chefs in the classroom.
  • Become a partner in Beacon’s community garden project with the Green Teens and Tito Santana Taqueria. We grew our partnership with the Green Teens with their Mobile Market deliveries to low income communities and children’s free summer lunch sites where we provided chefs, recipes, and hands-on cooking demonstrations.
  • Provide 2,000 children and adults with hands-on education programs at the farm: a blockbuster year! In the 2014-2015 school year alone, every student attending J.V. Forrestal Elementary School in grades K-5, will have visited the Farm.
With your help we shall be even busier and more productive in 2015!

On many days our fields are alive with children, learning while having fun. Some are harvesting herbs and vegetables they then cook and eat; others are learning about beneficial insects, digging for worms in our rich compost, studying ladybugs in a bug box; others are gathering round the farmer, learning the different parts of a plant.

Being able to use the incredible resources of a real farm to present food and nutrition education in a tangible, relevant, and exciting way is very special. Learning through experiential discovery is enormously powerful. Children revel in the opportunity to get their hands in the soil – and we give them that opportunity. Join us in helping to make this all possible!

Make your tax-deductible donation at or by regular mail to Common Ground Farm. P.O. Box 148, Beacon, NY 12508.

Your contribution is vital to our exciting plans for nurturing our land and everyone in our communities in 2015. Thank you.


Drink a Beer and Support Common Ground Farm

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Common Ground Farm in 2013

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Comment by Common Ground Farm on December 18, 2014 at 4:46pm
Give the gift of Common Ground Farm Summer Camp 2015!
This holiday season, give the gift of summer camp fun! You can choose to cover the costs of a week or more of full or half day programs. Buy your Summer Camp gift online now:

In 2015, Common Ground Farm will run six weeks of camp: July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24, July 27-August 2, August 3-7, and August 10-14. Each week includes time in the fields growing food, quality time with the farm animals, cooking projects, art, sprinkler time, and much more! New for 2015: we will offer a special program just for the 3 to 4 year old, and the last four weeks of farm camp will include programming geared to the 8 to 12 year old. Once your order is received, we will contact you to obtain the recipient's contact information, who will receive a gift certificate in the mail. Please contact if you have questions.

Comment by Common Ground Farm on December 12, 2014 at 3:48pm

Thank you to all who attended our Annual Benefit Auction! Your support is essential to our continued success, and we are grateful for it.

Comment by Common Ground Farm on April 30, 2013 at 10:01am
Now is the time to plant your home garden! On sale at the Common Ground Farm Spring Fair this Saturday (12-4pm, Long Dock Park) will be organic cabbage, kale, tomato, chard and cucumber plants grown by Common Ground Farmer, Ellie Lobovits, plus a whole array of flowering perennials. Join us!
Comment by Sarah B. F. on February 26, 2013 at 1:41pm

Common Ground Farm is hiring our 2013 Farm Apprentice. Learn more:

Comment by Sarah B. F. on February 16, 2013 at 1:33pm

PLEASE NOTE the Office Manager position has been filled!

Comment by Sarah B. F. on February 7, 2013 at 3:18pm
TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way we Eat Live Webcast
Date: Sat, Feb 16, 2013
Time: 10:30 am - 5:40 pm
143 Main St.
Beacon, NY

Live Webcast
TEDx Manhattan: Changing the Way We Eat

When: Saturday 16 February
Session 1, INFORM, 10:30 am to 12:15 pm
Session 2, EDUCATE, 1:30 to 3:20 pm
Session 3, EMPOWER, 4 pm to 5:40 pm
Where: Fovea Exhibitions, 143 Maint Street, Beacon, NY 12508

A full day of talks broken into three sessions exploring the state of our food system and our progress toward sustainability. Hosted by Common Ground Farm and Fovea. Free. Seating is first come, first served.

Join Common Ground Farm Education Director Sember Weinman during Session 3 for a special Food Literacy Workshop for Kids. $3 materials donation.
Comment by Stephanie Heimann on January 10, 2013 at 2:49pm

This Saturday, at 5:30,please join

Fovea & Common Ground Farm 

as they present

An Opine on Growing Fish & Foraging, Kids who recognize an eggplant and Adults who can’t access affordable food.

Tom Endres, Mike Finnegan and Kevin Ferry of Continental Organics, an aquaponics farm in New Windsor, N.Y.

Helanna Bratman, Manager of Cornell co-op extension’s Green Teens program

Margrethe Horlyck-Romanovsky, MPH, Adjunct Lecturer, Brooklyn College and Doctoral Student, Public Health, CUNY School of Public Health

The panel will explore sustainable education as well as local alternate food supply.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibit “The Lexicon of Sustainability” by Douglas Gayeton

at Fovea Exhibitions

143 Main Street, Beacon NY 12508
Open Saturday and Sunday, Noon-6pm

Comment by Sarah B. F. on October 16, 2012 at 9:34am

Hello folks! I hope you'll join us at the Farm's Harvest Celebration & Benefit Auction, to be held November 3rd at 7:00pm. More info on the Event Page:


Comment by Sarah B. F. on June 8, 2012 at 7:52pm

Please join us on June 23rd at the Farm for our spring into summer fundraiser!

Hope to see you there!

Comment by Sarah B. F. on May 1, 2012 at 3:45pm

Hello folks! Please consider joining us at Common Ground Farm on Saturday, May 19th as we build a new Children's Garden. Email or follow this link for more info:



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