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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.


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Common Ground Farm in 2013

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Comment by Jen Clapp on March 29, 2011 at 5:11pm
Hey Folks - our next gardening workshop is this Saturday, April 2 from 10am - 11:30am.  Farmer Tim will guide you through all you need to know about setting up a greenhouse:  soil, heat, cooling, light, seedlings, pests, cost, etc.  To register please contact me at:, reply to this invite, or call 845-838-1822.  Cost:  $15.
Comment by Vincent Cianni on February 25, 2011 at 11:16am
Great Project!
Comment by Jen Clapp on January 24, 2011 at 9:48am
Sourdough Bread Workshop returns!  Learn how to make delicious, tangy sourdough with CGF member Jaya Srikrishnan at her home in Wappingers Falls.  To register, email or call 838-1822.  Cost:  $15, Date & Time:  Saturday, Jan. 29 from noon - 3pm.
Comment by RAY CLARY on November 30, 2010 at 11:19pm
Comment by Jen Clapp on November 30, 2010 at 9:59pm
Take a good look at that website before you believe anything that comes from it, please.
Comment by RAY CLARY on November 30, 2010 at 9:49pm
S510 passes proceedural vote: they just made a lawbreaker out of me.. hows about you??
If " you " grow tomatoes in "your" back yard you will go to jail
Comment by Stephanie Heimann on July 24, 2010 at 10:26pm
Is anybody interested in picking up an hour of farm time tomorrow helping Farmer Tim set up at the Farmers Market at the river? 9:30am.. Sadly I cannot make it and it is a beautiful summer experience plus its volunteer time. Please let me know asap and I'll text Farmer Tim to let him know.
Thanks, Stephanie
Comment by Thom Joyce on June 3, 2010 at 4:16am
Ray Lutz performing at Bank Square Coffee House open mic --come on out and enjoy the tunes
Comment by Thom Joyce on June 3, 2010 at 4:15am

Comment by patrick casale on June 2, 2010 at 9:29pm
Hey guys I work for CCRP a center for people with traumatic brain injury. I am looking for a place to get them involved with not only volunteer work but with community integration. If anyone knows about the memberships where a few of them can go and plant produce or help harvest please let me know. I am also looking for any other organizations beneficial to the community. Thank you for your help!

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