Mission and Programs
The Poughkeepsie Farm Project is a non-profit organization that works toward a just and sustainable food system in the Mid-Hudson Valley by operating a member-supported farm, providing education about food and farming, and improving access to healthy locally-grown food.
Our Programs at a Glance
The establishment of a farm in the City of Poughkeepsie supported by shareholders and members in 1999 created a unique community resource that has developed a number of programs:
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
CSA is a unique model of sustainable farming based on a partnership of mutual commitment between a farm and a community of supporters which promotes a responsible relationship between people and the food they eat, the land on which it is grown, and the people who grow it. While the ground is still frozen, shareholders purchase a share of the upcoming season’s harvest. Farmers use these funds to pay for seeds, fertilizer, labor, equipment maintenance, water, and any other resources needed to produce food that is healthy for both consumers and the environment.
Food Share focuses on the fresh food access issues facing residents who live in the parts of the City of Poughkeepsie where there are no supermarkets, poverty is concentrated with rates twice the national level and 25% of residents don't own a vehicle. Through this program, 25% of the nearly 60 tons of produce harvested by the PFP is made available to low income community members through:
City Seeds provides opportunities for young people to engage in meaningful, skill-building employment (at the farm, farmers' market and in the community) while learning to grow food, save seeds, and make a difference in their communities and the food system. There are three projects of the City Seeds program.
- Through the Community Seed Project, City Seeds produces and distributes regionally-adapted and open-pollinated seeds while sharing knowledge about seed saving.
- Seeds of the Food System educates at-risk teenagers from urban areas through hands-on farming and cooking experiences and provides opportunities to apply learning about food – where it comes from and the health implications of how it is grown and distributed.
- Farming for the City provides vocational training for future farmers to become technically competent in sustainable agriculture while increasing their political awareness of and socially engagement with urban food access issues.
Community Education uses our working farm as a unique educational resource for a wide diversity of individuals and groups who are interested in learning more about food and agriculture. Knowledge is gained and hands-on experiences shared through thematic farm tours, cooking demonstrations, food and farming related how-to workshops and events, on-farm work projects and education sessions for youth, college students and a wide variety of community groups.
Consider making a donation today to support life-changing experiences learning about food and farming and to provide tons of good food to low-income families.