FarmOn! at Empire Farm located in Copake NY is an Academy for Agriculture inviting the community to experience how to eat and providing educational scholarships for students to learn the business of food on a working farm.
Kids love Camp FarmOn! We give Milk Money to make lunchrooms smarter, build a connection to seed + soil and educate youth in local economies as the next generation to feed us good food from family farms. Get involved with the future of food.
You make this possible! Sponsor, host an event or attend one to meet your farmer with influencers and celebrity chefs. Experience eating better and support our important work. All proceeds benefit FarmOn! Foundation 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Everything You Ever Need to Know: Youth Learn to Earn at the Farm
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YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS are CHANGING LIVES at EMPIRE FARM!
Thank you for supporting the next generation to feed us! A letter from our Founder + Executive Director, Tessa Edick
As a nation divided we find unity in eating - and the farm that provides for it. At the table there is no black white rich or poor. There is hunger. We all share the need to eat.
This year it seemed more important than ever to bring youth closer to agriculture and know where your food comes from, with transparency and value. Everything you ever needed to know you learn at the farm – communication, cooking, accounting, conflict resolution, patience, hard work, empowerment, nature, taste and how to self-sustain.
The future of food is in the hands of the next generation to feed us. Who will replace the 59-year-old family farmers retiring in the next decade? By teaching youth on a working farm, they learn to earn custom growing for NYC celebrated chefs: Jean-Georges Vongerichten, ABC Kitchen, Gotham Bar and Grill, April Bloomfield, Fish & Game, Terrance Brennan and others, who commit seed money to our youth education program and buy produce from the farm featured on their menus. Our Ag-Academy has formally partnered with SUNY/ Cornell CALS curriculum that teaches students the business of food at Empire Farm in a replicable model NYS is eager to support and expand.
Our in-residence three-month curriculum allows students to “manage” a client with 10-acre field as classroom and distribute the high quality specialty organic vegetables to restaurants on time, to spec, complete with pricing, invoice, payment and Profit/Loss QuickBooks management. It's life changing. It is effective. It is meaningful. And it provides our non-profit organization with an income that keeps our foundation sustainable and funded. But we need your support to continue...
The future of food in America is broken unless we FarmOn! A return to our agrarian roots is vital for rural communities and a stronger America. By supporting local agriculture you not only optimize health - you build local economies with commerce that creates an economic engine and sustainable food system that also respects farming as a noble profession, and inspires youth into viable livelihoods that are rewarding as we opt out of processed food and opt in to health and wellness.
Giving is easy – Use the enclosed envelope or make a gift online DONATE NOW button, or call us 518.329.FARM and we will take payment by phone.
Please join our EXPANSION CAMPAIGN and make a tax-deductible donation this year by December 31st. We hope to raise $25,000 to continue to grow our impactful work at Empire Farm. We depend on your contribution and generosity with funds, time or recommendations to people and sponsors. FarmOn! Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization + public charity.
Hope to see you at the FarmOn! HOOT! July 29th, 2017 and visit us in December at Empire Farm for the Holiday Open House! More Info FarmOnFoundation.org
With Gratitude, Tessa Edick, Founder + Executive Director
INSPIRING 2016 ACCOMPLISHMENTS of the FarmOn! Foundation
GENEROSITY helps us continue to FarmOn! at Empire Farm and raise our replacements at the family farm, feed us fresh local organically grown food and rebuild rural America.
FARM ON! at EMPIRE FARM community center and Ag-Academy opens!
AG-ACADEMY GRADUATED 14 STUDENTS: Provided $3500 cash scholarships to each, 12 college credits, room/board, cooking and job placement for youth age 17-22 to learn the business of food by doing in a NYC chef custom growing educational program at Empire Farm
SUMMER CAMP FarmOn! 20 Students visited farms & companies daily for a 5-day program to learn the business of food as teams to create a profitable solution in agriculture and pitch the concept to a “shark tank” building confidence and talking money.
MILK MONEY SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM FUNDED 12 school districts and provided local Hudson Valley Fresh milk cow to kid in 36 hours for 35,000+ kids daily.
BUILT SCHOOL GARDENS to SLAM DUNK YOUR VEGGIES with the NBA at Poughkeepsie and Millbrook Central School Districts
FarmOn! BIG APPLE “CRUNCH” TWO MILLION folks statewide took the bite with a FarmOn! Pledge to Eat Local NY. Led together with NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo Administration, we gave away TWO MILLION APPLES grown on family farms