Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Roxbury Farm CSA

This is the farm CSA that Curtis & I have belonged to since we returned to NYC in 1990. Roxbury is one of the largest CSA’s in the country, and “the first to have a community in New York City.” They “grow vegetables, herbs, melons, and strawberries, for over 750 shareholders representing over 1000 families in four communities--Columbia County, the Capital Region, Westchester County and Manhattan--on 225 acres in Kinderhook, New York.” Jean-Paul Courtens, the farm’s founding farmer is also a well respected educator. Jody Bolluyt became a partner in 2001. She supervises the day to day farm work and is responsible for the harvest management, distribution, and does much of the administrative work of the CSA membership. You’ll find some of their wonderful articles about everything from current events in agriculture to descriptions of daily csa farm life in our global visionaries section of Satya Center.
At the farms beautiful website, you can read about the groundbreaking work (couldn’t resist the pun) in farmland preservation that Jean-Paul has orchestrated along with their land trust partner Equity Trust. You can also read about Equity Trust in the sustainable agriculture section of the Satya Center website.
“The Campaign for Roxbury Farm is a fund raising effort to support our innovative farmland protection project in collaboration with our land trust partner Equity Trust.
“Equity Trust has provided us with bridge loans to purchase our land; it also receives tax deductible, charitable contributions on our behalf, to repay the loans and finance new farm building construction.
“What makes this project different is the preservation of farmland as farmland, unlike PDR, the acronym for government agency or land trust purchase of a farm's development rights, which protects land only as open space.
“But this farm will remain planted in soil in which dreams of security, sustainability and diversity can be rooted, realized and multiplied. The Roxbury community has made a commitment to raise the money it will take to make the dream real. The total cost of the project is $350,000; we are already more than one-third of the way there. We ask for your help, and your understanding that what is at stake here is not just a piece of earth, but the quality of life on earth.”
If you would like to make a charitable contribution to the Campaign for Roxbury Farm call Jean-Paul at 518-758-8558. All donations are tax-deductible. Please print out the form at the Roxbury Farm website (click on “capital campaign” at the top of the homepage, and then click on “how to donate” also at the top) and mail it with a check payable to The Campaign for Roxbury Farm to our land trust partner,

Equity Trust:
Equity Trust, Inc.
PO Box 746
Turners Falls MA 01376

Archived Articles & Newsletters: Roxbury Farm Archive

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