*PLEASE NOTE: Due to the historic barn renovation taking place on site, we are not able to run the CSA this year… but we are still excited for our renown farm tours, Junior Farmers’ Camp and education programs. Please check back with us soon to register for next year’s CSA season!! We can’t wait!
At Rockland Farm Alliance, our mission is to conserve farmland in Rockland and beyond by bringing our communities together through local, sustainable farming projects and agricultural education programs which reconnect us all to real organic food from the soil up.
This hands on workshop will cover the process of making the kitchen-medicine immune tonic called Fire Cider.
We will cover the process of making a batch of this traditional herbal remedy used for colds and flus. We will also touch on the individual foods/plants/herbs used and highlight their traditional uses as well.
If you would like to go home with a pint size jar of your very own, you can purchase a “kit” for $10 and assemble it in class, step by step. You must let us know ahead of time so we have enough materials.
Edible Hudson Valley recently featured us in an article about Farming in Rockland! Here is an excerpt:
John McDowell, president of the Rockland Farm Alliance, noticed the shift away from agriculture in the area many years ago and now works day in and day out with his team to preserve the agriculture industry in Rockland and support farms like Duryea.
“Think about how cheap pasture land is upstate compared to land closer to the city like Rockland,” he said. “The comparison is $2,000+ per acre upstate to $100,000+ an acre in this area. And even upstate dairies are struggling financially. If the decision to have farms is solely based on profit then farms will continually be pushed out as urban sprawl continues. And farmers are not being paid the real value of food. The other relatively unknown fact is that every time a farm gets turned into a development, the development costs 15% more in municipal services than the tax revenue received from the development. Yet developments are built and farms are pushed out.”