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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 Jen Clapp on April 25, 2010 at 10:51am
Preschool on the Farm starts in May!
8 weeks of fun at the farm, with 3 time slots to choose from:
Tuesdays 10am - 11am
Tuesdays 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Fridays 10am - 11am
Cost: $7 per child, 10% discount for members
Contact Jen for more details or to register.
Comment by Nicole on April 19, 2010 at 7:02pm
Common Ground Farm is working with the Hudson Valley Seed Library for a fundraiser! Go to,
choose anything from the online catalog including seeds, gifts, and
memberships, and then click on "your order" to go to checkout. There is a
box to enter your Green$eeds code. The code for Common Ground Farm ...
Comment by Jen Clapp on April 19, 2010 at 6:56pm
Hey folks,

Saturday 4/24 at 10am at the Farm we are holding a great workshop on Raising your own Chickens. Please preregister by emailing me asap. Cost is $15 (10% discount if you are a member of CGF).
Comment by Jen Clapp on January 25, 2010 at 9:20pm
Just added another group to my Little House series at the Farm. This one is for kids 9 & up - Sat. Jan. 30 from 10am - 11:30am. Lots of fun exploring life as the early American pioneers lived. Register asap!
Comment by Ray Fusco on January 20, 2010 at 11:33pm
Hi group,
Looking forward to another great season at the farm. For those living in Philipstown we have a forum for Philipstown now. Check it out
Hope you are well.
Comment by Jen Clapp on November 18, 2009 at 10:11pm
Winter Preschool Groups at the farm are starting on Dec. 8 & 11. Check the website for details.

Also, I'm running a series for older kids (6 - 8 years olds) on Pioneer Living, based on the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. If you know of anyone who might be interested please send them my way!

Jen (Education Director, Common Ground Farm)
Comment by Nicole on September 11, 2009 at 1:51pm
The Brunch in the Fields for Common Ground Farm has been postponed until Sunday, September 13th at 10am due to rain. Hope to see you there!
Comment by Kelly Kingman on July 11, 2009 at 9:29am
Hi all, check out the event Tasting Our Valley: A Celebration of Local Flavors on 7/28 at BEAHIVE. A sampling of non-veggie offerings (fruit, meats, dairy, etc.) from local farms. or on the website. Hope to see you there! Kelly
Comment by Dan Rigney on May 14, 2009 at 8:40pm
hey gang:

Check out Common Ground Farm's web site for details on the June 13th Benefit Auction at the Howland Cultural Center.
Comment by brianpjcronin on April 15, 2009 at 11:17am
Twitter, too: @cgfarm

CSA + Social Media = Awesome

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