Host a Harvest Dinner in your home to benefit RFA and help us expand local food production in Rockland!

Dear Fellow CSA Member,

On behalf of Rockland Farm Alliance (RFA), a local non-profit dedicated to bringing local organic food production back to Rockland County, we invite you to host a dinner to support our county-wide “Harvest Fund Drive to benefit Cropsey Community Farm,” from September 26 – October 30, 2011.

As a fellow member of Cropsey Community Farm, I am excited to announce a Harvest Dinner at my home in Stony Point with George Demarsico, Head Chef at Xaviars, preparing the food on September 26, 2011.

Please consider hosting a Harvest Dinner at your home or favorite restaurant to support new local farms!

You can help us spread the growing interest in local food production while raising much needed funds for the continued success of Cropsey Community Farm and potential new farms in Rockland. Here’s what to do:

  • Host a Harvest Dinner event in your home or at the restaurant of your choice between the dates of September 26 and October 31, 2011.
  • Choose breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, your choice.
  • Decide on the menu and number of guests, it’s up to you.
  • Present RFA’s efforts and initiatives and make a pitch for donations. We suggest asking for a contribution of $50-100 per person, but it’s your event, so you decide; remember, it’s a fundraiser.
  • Be creative and have fun!

How do you get started?  Simply choose a date, let us know, and we will supply you with a host “kit,” including RFA informational materials, donation forms, envelopes and sample invitations, as well as any additional support needed. If you would like an RFA representative present at your event to speak about our work and achievements, we can work with you to arrange that as well. To get started right away, please call or email Donna McClure at mcclure.donna@gmail.com or (845)-269-3688.

A little over a year ago, RFA signed a lease with Rockland County and the Town of Clarkstown to farm five acres of the former Cropsey Farm in New City, the first organic, community-supported farm of that size to be started in Rockland. THE GREAT NEWS IS we are now providing locally grown, nutrient-dense, organic produce to 200 Rockland member families through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.  Additionally we are beginning to provide local produce to schools and restaurants, build educational programs at the farm for both kids and adults, and train the next generation of farmers through our farm apprentice program. With land still available, Cropsey is just the first of several new local organic farms to be started by RFA. But we need your help to do it!

Thank you for helping us to bring local food production back to Rockland County.  Let’s keep the great momentum going, and keep our county green, beautiful and a healthy place to live!

Sincerely,

Donna McClure
Cropsey Community Farm CSA Member and Harvest Dinner Volunteer

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