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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Cropsey Community Farm Hosts CRAFT

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!

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This is the summer you set up that backyard compost pile.

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

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Check Out our June Events!

Click on the flyer to learn about our upcoming workshops, including a Composting Workshop and Wild Edible Walk with Suburban Foragers:June events flyer

 

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Grow with us this summer!

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:

info@rocklandfarm.org
845-634-3167
http://www.rocklandfarm.org

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Late Winter Happenings

Farmers Jose and Peter

Farmers Jose and Peter

Hi everybody,

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!

-Shane

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A colorful mosaic in the hoophouse

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Open House at Cropsey Community Farm 3/16

Join us at the farm Saturday, March 16th for an Open House! Stop by anytime between  9am to 1pm to meet the 2013 farm team including our new farm manager, Shane Hardy. Learn about upcoming programs, volunteer opportunities, and our 2013 CSA season. There will be farm chores to assist with and plenty of great company!

We hope to see you there!

Open House
Saturday, March 16th
9am – 1pm
Cropsey Community Farm
220 S. Little Tor Road
New City, NY


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