Watershed is proud land partners and fiscal sponsors of
Rock Steady Farm and Flowers
a women and queer-owned cooperative farm,
rooted in social justice, growing sustainable vegetables, flowers and herbs for our upstate and NYC communities.
YOUR TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION WILL DIRECTLY SUPPORT ROCK STEADY FARM SERVE LOW-INCOME FAMILIES IN OUR COMMUNITY.
Next year, Rock Steady will expand their free and
low-cost CSA shares by 30% to reach more than 700
In 2019, Rock Steady provided over 500 low-income people weekly produce through our non-profit partnerships and flexible partial and fully subsidized CSA memberships. These programs are:
Low Income CSA Fund – Dutchess County
Low Income CSA Fund – New York City
NECC Fresh Food Pantry Participants (funds secured by NECC)
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Families in Ancramdale
HIV/AIDS patients at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center (NYC)
For the 2020 season, we’re aiming to reach a total of:
15 Dutchess County families covered in local low-income CSA fund
90 Fresh Food Pantry participants through partnership with NECC in Pine Plains, Amenia, Dover, and holidays in Millerton (funds secured by NECC)
16 Neighbors Helping Neighbors Families who receive door-to-door weekly produce deliveries
150 NYC Low- Income CSA Members , and their families including Callen-Lorde HIV Patients at both their Manhattan and Bronx sites
30 EBT/SNAP CSA members in NYC ($10 price discount)
Reasons to support our farm!
We strive to create a viable farm model that centers on queer farmers’ livelihoods and rights – through our cooperative structure and just, transparent , labor practices and safe and supported working environment.
We partner with non-profits both up-state and in NYC whose communities are normally left out of the organic and local food movement. Their connection to our farm bridges the divide and stigma against “healthy food”. Many of these populations suffer from chronic illness, obesity, diabetes and other diet-related illness.
We are an openly “out” farm, providing a safe welcoming environment for other LGBTQ farmers, volunteers, CSA members and their families.
We are co-organizing and collaborating with a regional Queer Farmer Alliance to build more community and support to LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people’s rights within the rural landscape. We are dedicated to putting black, indigenous, latinx and people of color at the forefront of this movement building.
We are trying to be a model for other farms! We are talking at conferences, training new farmers and expanding teaching opportunities so that our reach goes beyond our immediate community.
We partner with People of Color (POC), Indigenous, Latino, LGBTQ and women- led projects as well as engage in anti-racist work with white farmers.
Rock Steady Farm believes that fresh food is not for just those who can afford it. Fresh, good tasting, food is a right for all. Support our effort today!
Please make checks out to “The Watershed Center” and mail them to 41 Kaye Rd, Millerton, NY 12546. Or donate below through our website.
The weekly shares of fresh produce supplied by Rock Steady Farm ensure that each of the families on Neighbor’s food assistance program had equal access to the fresh, wholesome food many of us take for granted. Even with all of the other sources of food from local groceries and The Food Bank, Rock Steady Farm was our largest, most dependable, highest quality and best variety source of produce.
– Jack Lindsey, Food Program Coordinator from Ancramdale Neighbors Helping Neighbors Association
ROCK STEADY FARM’S MISSION
Rock Steady Farm is a women and queer-owned cooperative farm, rooted in social justice, growing speciality cut flowers and sustainable vegetables in Millerton, NY. We believe in utilizing holistic and sustainable farming practices that allow us to grow high quality vegetables, flowers and herbs for our community. As a for-profit farm business, and worker-owned cooperative, we strive to provide living wages for ourselves and our employees. We believe that all people have the right to healthy and nutritious food.