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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 Sarah Boyd on July 26, 2011 at 10:20am
Turn Your Compost Into Flowers!
Bring your compost back to the farm, and receive two additional stems of flowers on distribution day.

Fill you compost bucket with vegetable trimmings, coffee grounds, used tea leaves, egg shells, garden waste, leaves, old potting soil, and table scraps -- the farm will compost just about anything.

Dump your bucket on the heap located behind the Circle of Peace in the perennial garden, near the tool shed. You can't miss it!
Comment by Kelly Kingman on July 22, 2011 at 4:08pm
ANYTHING can go in a gratin, quiche, fritatta or soup.
Comment by Stowe Boyd on July 22, 2011 at 4:06pm

The advice from Jenny at Nourished Kitchen, in a nutshell:

  1. Tough Greens: Braise them.
  2. Tender Greens: Serve raw with a vinaigrette.
  3. Odd-looking Root Vegetables: Roast them.
  4. Strange, Sweet Herbs: Make herbal sun tea.
  5. Serve a gratin.
  6. Serve a soup.
  7. Vegetables (but not greens): Ferment them.
Comment by Sarah Boyd on July 22, 2011 at 3:35pm

good kitchen advice from Jenny at Nourished Kitchen


Mystery Vegetables in Your CSA Box?

What to do with what's in your box.

I have a confession: I have no idea what’s in my CSA box this week, and, I’m confident I’m not alone.  Sure, I can recognize the sugar snap peas and carrots, the lacinato kale with its pebbled dark green leaves, the baby collards (which we’ll combine with cream and the last of our overwintered shallots for this creamed collards recipe), but some stump me: the fragrant and prickly leaves I pulled from our box today, or the odd and gnarled roots that appear from time to time.  If you’re lucky, the vegetables might be well labeled and some CSAs even slip recipe cards into your box; but most of  you, like me, will be navigating your box in wonder.  So if you’re ever stuck for how to prepare the mystery vegetables that arrive in your CSA box, try these simple more

Comment by Sarah Boyd on July 22, 2011 at 11:34am

Did you know? The new web site for the farm is up and running with lots of info on events, news, programs, and resources.

Check it out at Common Ground Farm

Comment by Jen Clapp on May 11, 2011 at 11:18am


Jammin' with Strawberries!

Sunday, June 5 from 11am - 12:30pm - Learn how to make delicious strawberry jam.   Participants will take home a jar of fresh-made jam.  Cost:  $25, Beacon location - space limited, register early!

Comment by Jen Clapp on May 11, 2011 at 11:16am

New Adult Workshops Coming Up!

Saturday, May 21 from 11:30am - 12:30pm - Sharpen Your Garden Tools Hands-on workshop with a master bladesmith - learn how to sharpen your garden tools:  shovels, hoes, clippers, mower blades.  Bring your tools for expert tips and techniques.  Cost:  $20 per person.  Register by emailing


Comment by Sarah B. F. on April 28, 2011 at 10:30am
At the farm this Saturday, April 30th, from 12-2 p.m. - join us for a Fence Building Party! Tim has been planning and plotting for weeks. There are jobs for everyone, so don't be discouraged from joining us if you are not up for heavy lifting and digging (but please be encouraged if you are!). There will be something to do for everyone, kids included. Feel free to bring a lunch to enjoy out in the fields.
Comment by Sarah B. F. on April 18, 2011 at 11:38am

Common Ground Farm needs your help! We need to be good stewards of the land, and give some of our hard-working fields a little rest, so we will be planting a portion of our crops on two new acres at Stonykill.  But there is one problem -  no fence!  To see the full benefit of the exciting, varied spread we are offering this year, we need to protect our precious, tender seedlings from hungry critters.

Please visit our Kickstarter Fundraising page and give what you can: 

Thank you!

Comment by Sarah B. F. on April 15, 2011 at 10:02am
Spring Cleaning at Common Ground Farm!
Saturday, April 16th 10am-12pm
If you have work hours left, or just want to help the Farm get ready for spring, we are looking for a few hands on deck to help us spruce up the distribution room to get it ready to lay out first crops! Painting, scrubbing, organizing, and tidying up. We could use all your help. Thanks in advance!

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