Food Justice

Delivering fresh greens to Salvation Army Soup Kitchen in 2015. 
 

What is Food Justice?

'Food Justice' is communities exercising their right to grow, sell, and eat healthy food. Healthy food is fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally-appropriate, and grown locally with care for the well-being of the land, workers, and animals.
Just Food

We work to ensure a just food system, defined by people of all ages and incomes having access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food, in Beacon and the surrounding Hudson Valley.


Supporting Emergency Food Programs

Common Ground Farm sends weekly donations of fresh, healthy produce to people in need through local food pantries, soup kitchens, and other emergency food programs in and around Beacon. 

In 2016, we donated over 9,000 lbs of fresh, nutritious produce -- our largest harvest yet -- to the following partners and institutions:

  • Beacon City School District, Beacon, NY

  • St. Andrew’s & St. Luke’s Church Food Pantry, Beacon, NY

  • Beacon Community Kitchen, Beacon, NY

  • Dutchess Outreach, Poughkeepsie, NY

  • Fishkill Food Pantry, Beacon, NY

  • First Presbyterian Church Food Pantry & Community Dinners, Wappingers, NY

  • Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Poughkeepsie, NY

  • Seventh Day Adventist Church Food Pantry, Newburgh, NY

  • Castle Point VA Hudson Valley Food Pantry, Wappingers Falls, NY

  • Zion Episcopal Church Food Pantry, Wappingers Falls, NY

  • New Vision Church of Deliverance Food Pantry, Fishkill, NY

  • Eat Local NY / Food Bank for Westchester, Elmsford, NY

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Green Teen Community Gardening, Beacon, NY

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County Gleaning Program, Middletown, NY

 

In this last season we have been able to:

  • Increase our food donations to 4 ½ tons! Our best year ever! The 9,000 lbs is roughly 55% of our total harvest, and is equal to more than $30,000 of freshly harvested, organically-grown vegetables for food pantries, soup kitchens, and schools
  • Expand food donations & partnerships with 12 food pantries and food security programs in Beacon, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Wappingers, Middletown, and more
  • Continue our Common Greens Program, where teens develop skills through farming and running our Mobile Farmers Market in low-income neighborhoods
  • Manage & Expand food access at the Beacon Farmer’s Market, making SNAP/EBT benefits accepted throughout the market, and growing the Greens for Greens nutrition incentive program to provide low-income families with over $3,000 of produce from local farms
  • Provide Summer Camp Scholarships for 27 low-income families, giving them the opportunity to send their children to our farm camp, including meals, fresh vegetables, and travel

 

Common Greens Mobile Farmers Market

We run Common Greens, a mobile farmers market, with the Green Teen Community Garden program, bringing reduced-price fresh produce to low-income communities in Beacon. The mobile market runs during the summer, from July through September. Read more here.

Youth Education: Green Teen Program

We work with the Green Teen Community Gardening Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County to teach local teens about sustainable farming, retail skills, cooking, and work skills. Read more here.

Accessible & Affordable Produce

We accept EBT/SNAP benefits at our markets, as well as WIC, FMNP, and FreshConnect.


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