A big part of our mission is to build meaningful community connections by bringing our neighbors closer to the land and one another. Our adult, youth, and family programming play a vital role in realizing this mission. From classes on gardening and harvesting to cooking and canning, we aim to offer a little something for everyone.
In addition to our current offering of educational workshops and classes, we have several focused initiatives:
Farm to School
Our Farm to School Program launched in early 2019 in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Saratoga Springs City School District. Our two-year grant-funded program through the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets will allow us to grow food for our High School, with possible samplings for our elementary and middle schools as well. Working closely with Cornell Cooperative Extension, a farm to school curriculum will be developed for K-5, Middle School, and High School students including volunteer opportunities on the farm for High Schoolers and on-site field trips for the elementary schools.
In 2019, we have committed to dramatically increase our growing capability for food donations. We will be installing a 25' x 50' "Giving Garden" dedicated to food donations to local food pantries. We expect to be able to supply 1000+ lbs of donated produce from this new garden. Working in partnership with the Franklin Community Center, our plan in 2019 is to:
- Increase the number of people who have access to fresh vegetables.
- Work together to deliver healthy eating programming for Franklin Community Center's customers. We are currently exploring partnerships with other local organizations to develop recipes and establish programming to ensure successful execution.
- Explore expansion of a regional partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY as well as other food pantries in our county.