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The Backbone of Stony Kill Farm

The Friends Groups

The knowledgeable instructor for the school class and the busy gardener in the Perennial and Herb Gardens are all part of the Stony Kill Foundation, Inc. or the Verplanck Garden Club. These generous folks volunteer their time and talents to our not-for-profit support groups.

Stony Kill Foundation, Inc.

Chartered in 1977 the Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) corporation, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. It lends support for the operation and development of the Stony Kill Farm EEC which is owned and operated by the NYSDEC. The Foundation is financed through membership dues, program fees, fund raising events, donations from the public, and general contributions. All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. Membership is open to individuals, families, and organizations. There are ample volunteer opportunities scheduled through the Foundation's Volunteer Coordinator. What does the Foundation do for Stony Kill Farm? Sponsors Community Garden Plot Program; conducts public programs; provides stipends for interns and volunteer instructors; provides financial support for programs and exhibits; offers scholarships to educational nature camps; sponsors fund raising activities and gift shop; finances efforts to renovate 1700's tenant farm house; and more.

Verplanck Garden Club, Inc.

Established in 1988, the Verplanck Garden Club's objectives are to encourage interest in, and education of our community in all phases of home gardening, sound horticultural practices, civic beautification, the conservation of our natural resources, and the enhancement of the grounds of Stony Kill Farm EEC. It is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The club maintains raised bed gardens for people with disabilities, a perennial garden and wildflower loop. Educational programs are scheduled throughout the year and are offered to the general public as well as Club members. Presentations include discussions on Integrated Pest Management, mulching, deer resistant shrubs and plants, pruning, as well as presentations of local interest areas.

Common Ground Farm

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Volunteers working in the farm field

Common Ground Farm is a non-profit farm project dedicated to educating people of all ages about agriculture that is ecologically sound and economically viable. Our farmer is a professional grower working in collaboration with the membership. The Farm's mission is multifaceted and includes the goals of education, food justice, farmer training, and land stewardship. The Farm's education programs, workshops, and Summer Camp bring children and adults opportunities to learn about sustainable farming, local food, and environmental stewardship. The Farm's food justice programs make local, organically grown, fresh produce available to everyone, regardless of income. The Farm donates fresh produce to local food pantries and soup kitchens, provides food and nutrition education to children at the Beacon Summer Feeding Program sites, and partners with the Green Teens to grow produce for the Common Greens mobile market which sells to local, low-income families at reduced prices. We are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation registered with the State of New York.