Common Ground Farm
- New York
Common Ground Farm is a non-profit community farm based in the City of Beacon, NY growing fresh produce for food justice partnerships, farm-based education programs, and our Hudson Valley community. Our mission is to serve as a model for food justice and education for people of all ages and incomes.
The farm grows vegetables and herbs on 6 acres using organic growing practices. Our produce is distributed to food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, and farm-based educational programs, as well as sold to summer U-Pick customers, local restaurants, and weekly at the Beacon Farmers Market. We partner with a local youth program to run a mobile farmers market in low-income neighborhoods in Beacon and work with these teens on the farm throughout the season. In 2017, we donated over 4,500 lbs of produce, and expanded our reach to the City of Newburgh through attending the Healthy Orange farmers’ market and piloting a new mobile market at a senior housing complex.
In addition to the farm, CGF runs educational programs for children and teens, including a popular summer camp. The organization also manages the Beacon Farmers’ Market and the Downing Park Farmers’ Market in Newburgh, including coordinating food access initiatives at the market with other local farms. We work collaboratively with multiple community organizations and agricultural businesses on and off the farm property, providing a unique opportunity for staff to connect with diverse enterprises and people, and to bring their ideas and skills to different projects.