Dear Friends of Cropsey Community Farm,
I am a Boy Scout in New City, New York (Troop 97- Hudson Valley Council), and I, (along with members of my troop) am currently working on my Eagle project. My goal is to construct a working Hoop House for Cropsey Community Farm. A hoop house is a relatively inexpensive type of greenhouse which allows for longer growing seasons, starter plantings and delicate plantings that can’t be grown outdoors. It is constructed using a frame made of steel pipe “hoops” and covered with two layers of a thick plastic skin. A hoop house is particularly valuable to Cropsey Community Farm because it will allow food to be grown at the farm year round and will help keep sustainable agriculture alive in Rockland County by allowing the farm to derive more revenue to help maintain production and teach sustainable farming to community members.
I need to raise approximately $2,800 for materials and supplies in order to complete this 96 foot long hoop house and would greatly appreciate any help you could give. All donations go to Rockland Farm Alliance, Inc. and are tax deductible. These donations go directly to Rockland Farm Alliance and are earmarked for this project. Please link here to see my “donation to” site and donate to this project:
Should I be lucky enough to raise more than what is required to build a hoop house, the balance will go to RFA for other projects.
Thank you for all of your help.
11am to 4pm
Cropsey Community Farm
with open houses and workshops at farm locations across the county
$10 per person
Children under 12 are FREE
For advanced tickets: http://farmtoyoufest.bpt.me
For more information, visit www.rocklandfarm.org
Farm tours, workshops and activities for all ages! Cropsey Community Farm, RFA’s first farm project, will be the site of all-day farm tours, demonstrations, children’s activities and displays from local non-profit groups. Set out to discover local farms for tours and workshops across Rockland County.
Participating sites and organizations include:
Cropsey Community Farm, New City; Bluefield Farm, Blauvelt;Duryea Farm at the Threefold Fellowship Community, Chestnut Ridge; Van Houten Farms, Pearl River; Union Restaurant and Bar Latino, Haverstraw; Eastern Light Project, Pomona; Nickel-O Farms, West Nyack, and Stony Pont Conference Center, Stony Point; Keep Rockland Beautiful; Cornell Cooperative Extension, Stony Point; Hudson River Health Care; Suburban Foragers
Thank you to our event sponsors:
Family Workshop with Garden Arts for Kids
September 1, 10am – 11:30am
$10 first child, $5 each additional
*Children must be accompanied by an adult*
This month’s program welcomes professional artist and garden enthusiast Robin Kereth Johnson. Robin brings her fine arts background and knowledge of flowers and plants, and creatively combines them into the magical mixture of gardening and art! Create a unique and exciting project to take home and share in your own garden! Activities are appropriate for kids ages 4 and up with their parents or guardians. E-mail email@example.com for more information.
Yesterday, we were happy to host farmers from the lower Hudson Valley for a visit as part of the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT), which is a model for sharing supplemental farm training in cooperation with a number of participating farms. Their feedback and insight makes us a stronger, more productive farm and all together, we will keep farming alive in the Hudson Valley.
Thank you to the farmers from Ryder Farm, Hilltop-Hanover Farm and the Pfeiffer Center for coming out!
A compost bin made from discarded pallets? Yes you can! Learn how to construct one, among other techniques at our Composting Workshop on June 20 at 6:30pm.
In this workshop, we’ll cover all you need to know in order to start composting in your backyard. We’ll discuss the why, the what, and a few simple ways of how you can get started without spending much money. Each attendee goes home with some Cropsey compost to inspire you! Raindate June 27th.
To register, go to http://cropseycomposting.bpt.me
Click on the flyer to learn about our upcoming workshops, including a Composting Workshop and Wild Edible Walk with Suburban Foragers:
Calling all Junior Farmers!
Rockland Farm Alliance is happy to announce our new summer program for children ages 6 – 12! Check out our Junior Farmers Flyer here to learn more.
During this special week-long program, kids are a part of the Cropsey Community Farm team. Plant and harvest with the farmers and conduct taste tests in the field. Bug hunts, art activities and special visits with beekeepers and chefs are included with plenty of time for sprinklers and field games.
At the end of the week, each junior farmer takes home their field journal, recipes, a custom designed t-shirt and a new perspective on where food comes from and how it gets to our tables.
Read the Junior Farmers Flyer for more details, or contact us at:
Farmers Jose and Peter
We have been busy here at Cropsey Community Farm. It is cold and blustery today, but Jose and Peter are out in the hoophouse planting Swiss Chard. Frank, our carpentry angel is bundled up against the wind, reinforcing the supports on the shed of our barn. Our plant starts are little beacons of the spring to come.
There’s been reorganizing the barn, cleaning the farmhouse, seeding, tractor maintenance, compost making, compost turning, and a consistent hum of excitement for this coming season. Its nearly upon us, and we would love to have you come meet us and help out here at our open house this Saturday from 9:00-1:00. We will be cleaning up the field for the spring, picking rocks, and using some of them to edge a garden by the farmhouse which we will sheet mulch and eventually plant into herbs and specific plants to use in our biodynamic preparations. Its gonna be a blast, and we’ll be here rain or shine, so come get your hands dirty for the first time this spring.
We still have CSA shares available, so tell your friends and tell your neighbors. The food is going to be delicious, and we have a limited number of shares so they should join while they can.
I look forward to meeting some of you on Saturday!
A colorful mosaic in the hoophouse