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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

Started by Common Ground Farm Mar 19, 2013.

Common Ground Farm in 2013

Started by Sarah B. F. Mar 3, 2013.

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Comment by Sarah B. F. on April 15, 2012 at 8:40am

That's great, Ed! Please call Tim Heuer at 845.337.1906. He can let you know if we still need a fridge. Thanks again!

Comment by Ed Benavente on April 14, 2012 at 11:38pm
I have a working fridge you can have.
Comment by Sarah B. F. on April 12, 2012 at 4:56pm


Our interns need your help!

This summer the Common Ground Farm interns will live in the former Martin Luther King Community Center house, located in the City of Beacon. But, before they can move in we must make the house livable for them. These young folks will work hard this summer to provide the local community with delicious, pesticide-free produce. Please help us give them a clean and comfortable place to rest their weary heads at the end of the long work day.

For our 2012 CSA shareholders: If you can work at least two hours, we will DOUBLE your 2012 work hours earned for the time spent! Work shifts can be undertaken at ANY TIME in the upcoming days and evenings. If you are able to work, please contact Tim Heuer ASAP at (845) 337-1906.
  Cleaning crew needed ASAP! Sweeping and mopping are key tasks we must undertake. If you are able to come by and tackle an hour or two of cleaning duty this week, we need you. Please bring your own broom, mop, bucket and cleaning supplies. 

Spackling and painting crew needed ASAP! We need another crew to spackle and paint key areas where the walls were roughed up due to recent plumbing work. If you can donate a quart or two of spackle, or two to three gallons of white paint, please contact Tim ASAP.

Items needed! In addition to a safe and comfortable home for the summer, our interns need some additional supplies. If you are able to donate -- or loan -- the farm any of the items below, please contact Tim ASAP:
- a refrigerator
- an electric oven
- a kitchen table and chairs
- some shelving for the kitchen
- mattresses and box springs
- toilet paper
- plates
- bowls
- silverware
- cooking pans and pots
- cooking utensils
- a toaster oven
- a few nice rugs

We can provide you with a tax letter/receipt for any items donated.

Thank you in advance for all you can do to help our 2012 interns have a positive, safe and comfortable experience this summer!

Comment by Sarah B. F. on January 19, 2012 at 12:46pm

Thank you to everyone who attended our Open Board / Community meeting last night. Wonderful thoughts, suggestions and questions from all in attendance. Please feel free to continue to reach out to the Board, we are open to hearing from you. You can email and your message will be forwarded to the appropriate Board Member(s). Thank you again for putting the "C" in CSA, we couldn't do this without you!

Comment by Sarah B. F. on November 29, 2011 at 3:19pm

Homeopathy for the Cold & Flu Season - workshop this Saturday, December 3rd at Common Ground Farm!

Comment by Sarah B. F. on November 28, 2011 at 9:51am

Common Ground Farm 2012 Summer Shares are Now Available!

To assist our farmers in planning for the upcoming Summer 2012 season, we encourage everyone to sign-up as early as possible. Pay in full by January 31st, 2012 and you will receive a 5% discount off the share price.

As you know, our farmers depend on having CSA funds at the beginning of the growing season so that they can purchase seed, equipment, soil amendments, and other inputs for the upcoming growing season.

Print out a membership from from today.If you prefer to pay by credit card, or to discuss payment plans, call (845) 231-4424.


We look forward to a bountiful 2012!

Comment by Sarah B. F. on November 3, 2011 at 11:52am
We have received a couple of inquiries and YES, the Auction is still on for this Saturday, 7 PM - spread the word, and see you there!
Comment by Sarah B. F. on October 27, 2011 at 11:17am

Hello Common Ground Farm Groupies! :-)

Our Third Annual Harvest Celebration & Benefit Auction is Saturday, November 5th, 7-10pm at St. Luke's Parish Hall in Beacon.

This year we need your support more than ever!


You can buy your tickets in advance - and check out the list of auction items - on the web site:


Thank you for your continued support, we look forward to seeing you there.

Comment by Sarah Boyd on September 19, 2011 at 8:19am

Save our Soil Community Work Day at Common Ground Farm
We need our CSA members and friends in the community to help spread compost on our fields which were damaged in recent flooding from Hurricane Irene. Our farmers will sow the compost with winter cover crops to hold the compost in place and restore fertility to the soil for next year’s crops.

Saturday, September 24th, 8am - 2pm

Potluck lunch at 12:00 noon. Please bring a dish to share and your own mess kit. Please bring wheelbarrows, shovels, and metal rakes.

Comment by Sarah B. F. on July 28, 2011 at 7:23am

Learn how to Sharpen Your Kitchen & Garden Tools

On Sunday, July 31, from 12pm – 1:00pm, Common Ground Farm will be holding a workshop on tool sharpening.  Keeping a good edge on your shovels, hoes, mower blades and clippers helps you get your garden work done more quickly, easily and safely. 

Learn from professional bladesmith Frank Pate in this hands-on demonstration class.  Bring a garden tool along with you and learn tips and techniques to keep your edges sharp.  Kitchen knives are welcome, too!  

Cost is $20 per person.  To register, please call (845) 838-1822 or email


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