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.”
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A prolonged winter can be rough on small farms. And no, not just because of the weather! Each winter, we plan for the season ahead. We buy seeds and start seedlings, update and buy new equipment, and continue to employ our inreasingly-busy farm staff. Small winter harvests leave little in the bank to financially sustain a farm through the long cold months, let alone afford the coming season's preparations.
Now it is Spring and the farm is in full swing! That's why now is the perfect time to join our CSA! As a CSA member, you receive 25 weeks of freshly harvested, certified organic produce. However, the most important thing you do as a CSA member, is ensure the continued livelihood of your favorite local small farm!
If you are thinking of joining our CSA for the 2018 season, please do not hesitate! Purchase your CSA share today and help assure Cropsey Community Farm's continued success!
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We are overjoyed to announce the addition of several new team members! Shar Olivier has joined Rockland Farm Alliance as our new Executive Director. Betsy Ho is the new Cropsey Community Farm Manager and Joy Buckhout is the new Administrative & Creative Coordinator. We look forward to a great 2018 season with the leadership and support of these talented women! Read More