Rockland Farm Alliance Dedicates Field to Orange and Rockland Utilities’ Partnership
One of Orange & Rockland’s (O&R) largest community partners has honored the company for its generous contributions to the local organization.
Rockland Farm Alliance takes pride in its mission to facilitate local sustainable agriculture by creating farms that serve as models of small-scale food production with educational facilities dedicated to the teaching of sustainable farming practices to people of all ages.
The Rockland Farm Alliance has dedicated the north field at the historic Cropsey Farm in New City to O&R. A special plaque was unveiled on the field’s fencing, which was installed thanks to a generous donation by the company.
The north field at Cropsey Farm is Rockland Farm Alliance’s main food production field. Dozens of different organic vegetables are grown and are used for donations to low-to-moderate income families throughout Rockland County.
“We have had a longstanding relationship with O&R, and we could not thank them enough for all they do,” said Sue Ferreri, Rockland Farm Alliance executive director. “Because of them, we’ve been able to take leaps forward. Our community is better because of O&R’s involvement.”
According to Ferreri, the field lacked sufficient fencing, which often resulted in deer and other animals eating the crops. O&R, who began a partnership with Rockland Farm Alliance just over a decade ago, provided a $25,000 grant that allowed the group to invest in adequate fencing around the field’s perimeter.
“I have proudly worked with the Rockland Farm Alliance for the last 10 years,” said Linda Feger, O&R’s manager of strategic partnerships. “To be able to share sustainability goals with a local partner allows us to give so much back to families in our service area.”
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