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Local Learning

Glynwood Farm, Cold Spring, NY

“At Glynwood, we believe that helping to put land back into production—even if it’s as small as a patch in your backyard—is an important part of our mission to help save farmland in the Northeast. At Glynwood Farm we have a passionate, seasoned staff who test, innovate, and teach techniques that demonstrate environmentally sustainable farming on a commercial level. But we want local backyard gardeners, future foragers, and those from our community who just want to learn more about the connection between the land and the food we eat—we want them all to have an opportunity to learn from our expertise. And so our workshops were born.

Some of our workshops are two hour overviews to get the novice started, others are full-day, hands-on, in-the-fields classes for farmers and those who want more. All of them take you outdoors, whether for a nature walk in the Spring to learn about the local flora and fauna, for an afternoon of mushroom foraging, or a day-long adventure with bees. And they are all taught by experts in their field.”

Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming, Cold Spring, NY

“Welcome to The Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming.  We work to shift the U.S. food supply to regional sustainable by raising public awareness through special projects and events, and through partnering with select groups to develop strategic marketing initiatives.

Simply put, we create special projects and events to raise public awareness about sustainable food and farming.  Our first event was TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat”, which took place on February 12, 2011.  Now an annual venture, the second TEDxManhattan will be held on January 21, 2012, in New York City.  You can find more information at www.TEDxManhattan.org.

The Glynwood Institute also works with other programs to enhance their marketing efforts.  In 2011, the Institute is working with parent organization Glynwood on their Keep Farming® program, in an effort to replicate the program nationally.  The Institute is also working with the city of Louisville, Kentucky, to help it become a sustainable food city.”

The Pfeiffer Center, Chestnut Ridge, NY

“The garden is our classroom and laboratory. It was on this plot, beginning in 1926, that the founders of Threefold Farm grew biodynamic produce for Manhattan’s Threefold Vegetarian Restaurant – the first biodynamic garden in North America. For decades thereafter, the garden’s produce fed attendees of Threefold’s popular Summer Conferences, and Ehrenfried Pfeiffer conducted his research here from the 1940s until his death in 1961.

The garden had been fallow for a brief time when, in the fall of 1996, Gunther Hauk enlisted dozens of volunteers to break the soil and turn the beds that make up the Pfeiffer Center garden, creating an island of growth, learning, joyful labor, and life.

Today the garden’s 70 beds raise produce and flowers; also on the property are a small orchard (apples, pears, peaches and quince), berries, a greenhouse, a wood-fired bread oven, a dye garden, extensive composting facilities, a self-serve seasonal farm stand, and an apiary. With few exceptions, all work in the garden is done with hand tools, and in our work and our teaching we emphasize the value of agricultural handwork. This can become an excellent foundation for farming and gardening, even on a commercial scale.”

Rockland Farm Alliance

“The Rockland Farm Alliance offers opportunities to experience agriculture and the farm to suit almost everyone, including: Field Trips, Farm Tours, Basic Internships, College Credit Internships, Research Projects and Volunteering. Whether you’re 8 or 80, there is certain to be something for you.

The RFA has an established relationship with Cornell Cooperative Extension for all types of academic endeavors. Professors from all disciplines are encouraged to bring their classes to the farm. We provide guided tours, as well as help you to understand the connection between your particular area of study, sustainable agriculture, and farming and community.”

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Tarrytown, NY

“Education programs at Stone Barns are comprised of an array of offerings – school field trips, farm camp, after-school groups and scout programs – that target different audiences of children from elementary school to high school age.  All programs require students to participate in aspects of the farm, from animal care to vegetable gardening. All Stone Barns school programs are tied to New York State learning standards.”

The Suburban Foragers, Rockland County Area

“We are a gathering of environmentalists, herbalists and wild crafters concerned about the future of the earth, each with our own specialized skills and knowledge that we want to share with others.”

They hold weekly walks to identify local wild plants. They also educate about how to prepare food and herbal remedies using the foraged plants.

Get Involved

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To get involved in protecting our freedom for food rights and to support out local farmers the first step should be to join the:

Farm-To-Consumer Legal Defense Fund

“The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) was launched, Independence Day, July 4, 2007. The FTCLDF is a non-profit organization recognized under the Internal Revenue Code as a Section 501(c)(4) organization.

A (c)(4) organization is classified as a “social welfare” organization.

The FTCLDF protects the rights of farmers and consumers to engage in direct commerce; it protects the rights of farmers to sell the products of the farm and the rights of consumers to access the foods of their choice from the source of their choice. FTCLDF is a true grassroots organization and receives no government funding and little or no corporate funding.

It’s main sources of revenue are membership fees, individual donations and grants for public interest litigation from its sister organization, the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation a 501 (c )(3).”

If you haven’t done so already, please also become a member of The Weston A. Price Foundation.

It is also good to support local organizations like:

Rockland Farm Alliance

and

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture 

and

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York

and

Glynwood

Also, please consider helping the homeless in Rockland County!

Helping Hands, Inc., “Saving Lives, Giving Hope, Preserving Dignity”Interfaith Coalition for the Homeless of Rockland County

the mission of helping hands is to help homeless men and women find alternatives to life on the streets.
 Since December 2004, we have been working with a broad coalition of communities of faith and concerned organizations and individuals, in partnership with government, business and civic leaders, to alleviate the plight of the homeless in Rockland County.
Our Programs:
Our Outreach Program is open year round, providing case management and referrals to the support services our clients need (including housing, employment, substance abuse programs, and medical, legal and social services).
From mid-November through mid-April our Safe Haven provides our guests with a safe, drug- and alcohol-free haven and hot meals.
The Rockland Runs reach out to homeless people living on the streets of the county delivering food, clothing, hygiene items and good cheer.
Building for the Future
Our immediate objectives are:
• to develop our Outreach Center services
• to expand our Safe Haven program
• to end homelessness in Rockland County, one person at a time”

 

Please contact the Chapter Leaders through the Contact form if you would like to introduce a local or national venue for learning and/or getting involved.

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