Land Stewardship and Growing Practices

Common Ground Farm is located on 9 acres of historic farmland leased from the Stony Kill Environmental Education Center in Wappingers Falls, NY. The land was given to the State of New York by the Verplanck family, with the restriction that the land needed to be used for agriculture. Amid the changing landscape of the Hudson Valley over the last century, the Stony Kill Farm property provides a reminder of the importance of agriculture to the thousands of cars that pass by each day on Route 9D. By keeping farmland active in this rapidly developing region, residents are connected to their food and to the health of the land that nourishes them.

Common Ground Farm is a member of the NOFA-NY Farmer’s Pledge program, which reflects our commitment to growing food sustainably without chemicals, treating our workers with dignity and showing respect and care for our land. We do not use chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, and we protect our ecosystem by maintaining biodiversity in our plantings. We limit unnecessary soil disturbances and tillage in order to build a healthy soil environment for microbes. Each year we build soil health by planting a cover crop in all of our fields for at least part of our season, and about half of our acreage remains in cover crop for the full growing season to build organic matter. The results of these practices are apparent in the increasing productivity of our fields and the high quality of the vegetables we bring to our markets and food access partners.