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Keesler Farm

Cropsey Community Farm

The 25 acres of historic farmland in New City were saved from development in the early 2000's by the founding of Rockland Farm Alliance, and the property is now farmed using organic and sustainable methods.
 

Cropsey Community Farm is a USDA Certified Organic vegetable, herb, and flower farm. We cultivate 12 acres on a 24 plot of land that has been preserved by the NY Open Space Conservation Plan. The farm utilizes organic and biodynamic growing methods. This ensures that not only is the food healthy for the community, but it is also healthy for the land it is grown on. Diversity of crops is important to the practice of sustainability. The farm produces many different varieties of tomatoes, brassicas, peppers, squashes, eggplants, leafy greens, cabbages, melons, beans and peas as well as many root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, beets, turnips, radishes, and garlic. Various salad greens and lettuces are also a specialty of the farm. Suffice to say, if it can be grown in the area, it can probably be found at Cropsey Community Farm. 

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The farm supplies produce for over 200 CSA members as well as vegetables for sale at Nyack Farmers' Market on Thursdays, and the Cropsey Farm Stand on Saturdays during the season. We also sell to local stores such as Hungry Hollow Co-op in Chestnut Ridge, and our veggies are on the menu at many local restaurants. What is not consumed by our paying customers is donated by the thousands of pounds annually to local food pantries & charitable organizations.

The farm is home to over 50 laying hens who make their happy home in a mobile coop which provides them continuous pasture. Two goats, a few ducks, and many colonies of honey bees also live at the farm. Our eggs and honey are available at our Saturday Farm Stand. 

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Cropsey Farm's Historic Roots

Cropsey Farm was purchased by the first generation of Cropseys in 1893, when the landscape of Rockland County rolled gently over the terrain of more than 500 farms. Jim Cropsey, the grandson of the man who purchased the acreage, spent much of his life cultivating the beloved Cropsey Farm that became a regional landmark during the latter half of the 20th century. As farmland began to give way to residential developments around Rockland County after the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge, Cropsey Farm continued to thrive until Jim and his wife, Pat Cropsey, retired in 1999.

In 2006, the Cropseys sold their 25-acre plot to the Town of Clarkstown through Rockland County’s Open Space Program.  Rockland Farm Alliance then signed a lease to maintain the land as a working farm, thus establishing Cropsey Community Farm in 2011.

Jim and Pat Cropsey continue to live on the property of their beautiful farm, residing in the sandstone farmhouse that has bore witness to centuries of local history since its construction by the Blauvelt brothers in 1769.

 

Keesler Farm

Keesler Farm was one of the many food production hubs in Rockland County until the late 20th century.
 

This 32-acre farm and substantial tract of surrounding woodland is privately owned, and it is being farmed to prevent the land from being divided or developed.  

The owners of Keesler Farm chose to preserve their farmland when so much of our pastoral landscape was lost to residential and industrial development.  When the cost of keeping that land dormant began to increase, they asked Rockland Farm Alliance to return the property to its role in active agricultural production.  We now produce much of our garlic and wild-harvested produce, such as ramps, on Keesler Farm.