Common Ground Farm's mission is to serve our community as a model for food justice and education for people of all ages and incomes.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit growing fresh produce for food justice partnerships, farm-based education programs, and our Hudson Valley community on land at Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center in Wappingers Falls, NY. Our farmers and educators are dedicated to ensuring our programs are accessible to all.
Common Ground Farm donates fresh produce to people in need through local food pantries, soup kitchens, and other emergency food programs in and around Beacon.
In 2015, we regularly donated fresh produce to the following institutions:
- Beacon Salvation Army Soup Kitchen
- Fishkill Food Pantry
- Zion Episcopal Church Food Pantry
- St. Andrew's/St. Luke's Food Pantry
- New Vision Church of Deliverance Food Distribution
We have a long-standing partnership with the Green Teen Community Garden Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess Country. During the summer, the Green Teens visit us every week and work with our farmers on various projects. Green Teens also help staff our stand at the Beacon Farmers Market, gaining retail experience and knowledge about fresh market vegetables.
Since 2009, we have partnered with the Green Teen program to run Common Greens, a mobile farmers market bringing reduced priced produce to seniors and low-income families in Beacon. Through the mobile market we work to ensure that healthy sustainable food are available to everyone.
We also provide produce to the City of Beacon Summer Youth Feeding Program for use in healthy food demonstrations and taste tests. Learn more at the Kids R Kids website.
Our family and children's education programs are designed to connect you to the land. In addition to feeding the community, we view local, sustainable agriculture as a source of learning and fun. Our programs are open to all; some need-based scholarships are available. Learn more about our education programs here.
Our programs currently include Summer Camp, Preschool on the Farm, Young Homesteaders, Wilderness Skills and more.
We partner with Hudson Valley Seed and the Beacon City School District to facilitate Beacon's Farm to School initiative. This program includes farmer visits to the classroom, nutrition and food system education, chefs in the classroom, school gardens, school group field trips to Common Ground Farm, and more.
We grow our produce following strict organic standards, without the use of chemical inputs. Although we have chosen not be to "certified organic", our farmers are transparent about our natural growing practices and we welcome your questions regarding how your food is grown from seed to harvest.
Through crop rotation, the use of row covers to combat pest pressures, and the practice of cover-cropping, we work to build healthy soil that that maintains productive land and offers protections agains pest, invasive species, run-off and erosion. We our proud signatories to the NOFA-NY Farmer Pledge.
We sell our produce at the weekly Beacon Farmers Market (May through November), and the Common Greens Mobile Market (July - September). We also sell wholesale to local restaurants and grocers. Our U-Pick summer CSA is designed so that you get to participate in harvesting your own vegetables, herbs and flowers at the farm.
Read more in our 2013-2014 Annual Report.