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Connecting Farm, Food and Community

The Poughkeepsie Farm Project exists to ensure that our local community, our region and our nation has secure access to good food now and in the future. Our vision is a just and sustainable food system that serves and nourishes all people while providing healthy food, strengthening communities and stewarding the environment. We work toward this vision by using community-based strategies to produce food, create and support venues for food distribution, and provide hands-on educational experiences about food and farming for children, youth and adults.

RECENT NEWS

Fri, Mar 21st
The Plant Sale has returned, just in time for Mother's Day!  Come to the Poughkeepsie Farm Project on May 10th and May 17th from 9am-2pm.  We will be selling nearly...   continue reading
Wed, Oct 16th
The wonderful support, energy and involvement of our community were showcased at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project's 6th annual Soup-A-Bowl on October 6th, 2013.  Volunteers, donors, sponsors and...   continue reading
Fri, Oct 11th
  As we all know, the farm at PFP functions on the model of Community Supported Agriculture.  The basic definition of a CSA is that a community of members commits to an investment in the...   continue reading

FEATURES

New Grants Sustain Momentum of Two Educational Programs

By Julie DeLuca, Assistant Education Manager

Two grants awarded to The Poughkeepsie Farm Project will fund the continuation of specific educational programs in 2014. Clif Bar Foundation awarded $3,000 for our Community Seed Project and the Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust gave $10,000 for our role in the Farm to School program.

The Community Seed Project educates youth and adults on seed saving techniques and encourages their participation in maintaining local food security by “increasing the availability of regionally adapted seeds.”

Introducing our new Executive Director, Lee Anne Albritton

Dear CSA Members,

On behalf of your PFP Board of Directors, I’m happy to announce that Lee Anne Albritton became our new Executive Director on February 17.

A native of Florida, Lee Anne moved to Manhattan in 1990, then to the mid-Hudson Valley in 1996.  In 2000, she completed her B.A. in Women’s Studies and Education at SUNY New Paltz.  While still a college student, Lee Anne started working with youth and family programs of the YMCA.  She served as Program Director, then Executive Director of the Southern Ulster Branch Y, and most recently she held the position of Childcare and Camping Director of the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County.  During her 16 years with the Y, Lee Anne successfully developed many healthy lifestyle and enrichment programs for day camps and childcare programs that served close to a thousand youth per year.  She also gained experience in all aspects of non-profit work, including program development, grant writing and awards management, fundraising, fiscal management and budgeting, and staff management.

One warm day can make a world of difference

At the farm, we were just trying to convince ourselves that spring and summer on the horizon.

Our dynamic farm management duo, Leon Vehaba and Jesica Clarke, have completed recruitment of all farm apprentices and interns.  It is a tribute to them that several apprentices and interns have signed on for yet another season but you will also see some ruby-cheeked fresh faces in the fields.  Leon and Jes have done a thorough assessment of our farm machinery prepared the crop plan.  Due to their very careful planning, and many of your helpful suggestions, we have another successful season on tap.

Jamie Levato, Education Manager and Julie DeLuca, Assistant Education Manager, have already started booking the very popular Farm to School classroom visits.  Although the Education Garden is in a state of deep repose, seeds and plants have been ordered for the exquisite spring transformation they engender with the collaboration of interns and volunteers.

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