Summer Junior Farmers Program Returns!

Like your kids, at Cropsey Community Farm
We are down with dirt.

CarrotsWe’ll connect your kids to their community, the sun and the soil. Time with the farmers, freshly harvested snacks, art projects and field games round out the adventures. They may never look at turnips the same way again…

For Incoming grades K – 5
LIMITED SPACES – SIGN UP TODAY!

DATES:
Session 1: August 4 – August 8
Session 2: August 11 – August 15

TIMES:
9:00 – 12:00 $250.00/session
9:00 – 1:00 $275.00/session – stay for lunch!
Sibling discount available.

Download and print the Enrollment Form: Junior Farmers Summer Program 2014 (Click on the link on the page you are directed to.)

IMG_4132For additional information, contact Rachael Goss at 845- 634-3167 or rachael@rocklandfarm.org.

 

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Farmer’s Blog: Ethan Roland

Ethan Roland of Appleseed Permacuture works with farmer Jose Romero-Bosch.

Ethan Roland of Appleseed Permacuture works with farmer Jose Romero-Bosch.

You may have seen the fence go up around our new south field this winter, either on Facebook or in person. And you may have seen the lush cover crops of oats, field peas, rye and hairy vetch growing that we planted last fall to improve the soil for this year’s crops. Wednesday of last week was another exciting day for us at Cropsey Community Farm. Ethan Roland, of Appleseed Permaculture, came down to help us lay out our beds using the principles of Keyline Design. It was truly great to work with Ethan, an expert permaculture designer, teacher, and researcher based in the Hudson River Valley.

Jose, Ryan and I witnessed more erosion than we were comfortable with on the north field last year. Our fragile, sandy soil would wash down the pathways between our raised beds during heavy rains, taking nutrients along, and leaving the crops growing near the ridge in the middle of the field to struggle along with less food, humus, and topsoil. We’re not talking landslides here, but over time, this is one of the same processes that is leaving much of the incredibly fertile Midwest of our country with less than four thin inches of dying, drought-vulnerable dirt. Virgin prairie soils that settlers plowed up there were often two feet thick of dark earthen gold.

Maybe that comparison is a little severe, but we were not comfortable with what we saw, and were determined to set up our beds to minimize erosion. After trying to figure out how best to do this on our own, we finally decided to call someone with experience. Ethan surveyWhen Ethan showed up, I grabbed a bucket of landscaping flags and his clipboard, and he shouldered his tripod and laser level. The wind was whipping as we trudged up to the field and set up the laser level. We commenced straight away with marking contours in a few spots. Ethan quickly trained Jose and I to use the laser level ourselves, and with his keen eye for the land and experience we laid out the longest contour on the field, as well as a few that crossed the steepest, most erosion-susceptible spots on our hilly south field by lunchtime.

Jose, Ethan and CrayolaAfter lunch we went inside and mapped out the contours on paper. Ethan saw four distinct sections to the field. There are two little “bowls,” a ridge, and a corner where the land drops away again in the northwest corner of the field. In each of these sections, we chose a particular contour line, from among the ones we had staked out that morning, to base our plowing and beds off of. Here is a very abridged version of using Keyline Design to lay out a field like ours: you choose a basic contour in a given area so that when you plow or form your beds parallel to that contour, and they inevitable become slightly off contour due to the radius of the curve becoming greater or narrower, the water’s charge down the hill is stopped and directed ever so gently away from valleys and out towards ridges. The idea is that erosion is nearly stopped, water is dispersed more evenly through the field, and substantially more water soaks into the land than before.

This should result in healthier soil, and healthier, tastier crops. I think it will be really beautiful to behold. Though it will make some elements of our job more complex, such as planning where to put each crop since all of the rows will be different lengths, to us this choice was absolutely necessary. So thank you, Ethan for guiding us in this process. We are excited to see our the new field blossoms this year. Keep an eye out for us in the fields. If the ground dries up we’ll be out there real soon.

Shane Hardy, Farm Manager
Cropsey Community Farm

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Upcoming Events

Spring means we all head outside and enjoy the sunshine! Click HERE for a listing of special events coming up at the farm. Don’t forget to check out our great workshops, as well. And remember, workshops are FREE for CSA members! We hope to see you at the farm soon.

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Enroll in the 2014 CSA today!

Enrollment is OPEN for the 2014 Season of
Cropsey Community Farm CSA!

Click  HERE  to read the CSA Membership Agreement

Click HERE to read about what we’re growing this season

or click the link below to visit the sign up page:

http://cropseycommunityfarmcsasignup.com/members/types


Fall CSA Pick up 2013

  • CSA season is 25 weeks long starting June 3rd through November 22nd
  • Pick up days are Tuesdays and Saturdays
  • Add a “You Cut” flower share or herb share to your vegetables
  • Members pay in full or in installments


Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
 is a farm model that enables you to August-22purchase a share of the season’s harvest in advance. In return, you will receive a weekly share of approximately
8-10 pounds of a variety of seasonal produce, often harvested just hours earlier, throughout the growing season. The members of Cropsey Community Farm CSA get to know their farmers, as well as where their food is coming from and how it is grown.

Cropsey Community Farm (CCF) is the first farm project of Rockland Farm Alliance. The mission of CCF is to grow nutrient dense, delicious food for our communities, and to provide a working example of a farm that thrives ecologically, economically and as a center for learning. The farm grows organic produce for a CSA and area farmers markets and hosts a variety of school and community programs.

Rockland Farm Alliance (RFA) is a 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to promote sustainable agriculture in Rockland County by creating farms that are models of small scale local food production and that provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn about sustainable farming practices.

Questions? E-mail us at info@rocklandfarm.org or call 845-634-3167.

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Support Noah’s Hoophouse Eagle Scout Project!

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: 

 http://www.donationto.com/Noah-Bressner-Eagle-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.
Noah Bressner

 

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A Evening of Music to Benefit Rockland Farm Alliance

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A Sneak Peek at Farm to You Fest

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Here’s a partial list of what to expect on October 6th!

  • Wild Edible Walks at two locations led by Suburban Foragers  
  • A chance to visit Rockland ‘s only dairy farm, Duryea Farm
  • Food from Back to Earth, Hungry Hollow RR_Logo_wTagCo-op and Rockland Roots, the county’s only farm-to-table food truck at Cropsey Community Farm!
  • A visit with the pigs at Stony Point Conference Center‘s new farming operations
  • Pumpkins from Van Houten’s and cider from the Orchards of Concklin at Cropsey Community Farm
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  • An open house at Rockland’s first certified organic farm, Danny’s Backyard Organics
  • Keep Rockland Beautiful and Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension at Cropsey Community Farm
  • …and much, much more!
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Farm to You Fest and the Rockland County Farm Tour!

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October 6th
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

CarrotsFarm 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 PointKeep Rockland BeautifulCornell Cooperative Extension, Stony Point; Hudson River Health Care; Suburban Foragers

Thank you to our event sponsors:

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This Sunday!

Family Workshop with Garden Arts for Kids gardenarts

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 info@rocklandfarm.org for more information.

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