Poughkeepsie Farm Project - Poughkeepsie, New York
Poughkeepsie Farm Project is located on 15 acres of the 527 acre Vassar Farm, part of the 157 year old Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, New York. From 1916 until 1950, this property grew produce and supplied milk, pork, and poultry to the students, professors, and staff of the college. Today, the land serves as an ecological research preserve, conducting educational outreach; college sports competition site; offers public hiking and nature trails; rentable community gardens; and offices and meeting space in one of the barns, for environmental groups.
The Community Supported Agriculture, not for profit, Poughkeepsie Farm Project, began in 1999 and is now a year round certified naturally grown sustainable farm, serving 550 households, and yearly harvests over 185,000 pounds of produce. Their mission is to work towards 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.
Courtesy Photo Franc Palaia