Unadilla Community Farm Education Center Inc

Providing a space for the teaching and practice of sustainable skills.

West Edmeston, NY   |  https://www.unadillacommunityfarm.org/

Mission

Our mission is to provide a space for the teaching and practice of sustainable skills.

Ruling year info

2020

President

Greta Zarro

Main address

PO Box 59

West Edmeston, NY 13485 USA

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EIN

85-0556763

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Beginning Farmer Training Program (Permaculture Internship)

Since 2014, Unadilla Community Farm has hosted an annual accredited beginning farmer training program which has attracted participants from around the world. Each season, we host a cohort of 25-30 interns (ages 18-35) who gain hands-on experience in no-till organic farming, permaculture design, and natural building. Interns participate in all aspects of running the veggie box program. Beyond training (hard skills) to prepare interns for careers in food and farming or homesteading, our program is an opportunity for young people to learn interpersonal or soft skills that can be applied to any type of workplace or community living, such as: time management; communication; organization; leadership; listening; teamwork; and workplace etiquette. The program covers all intern expenses including room & board, trainings, classes, and field trips. We also partner with colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad to offer credit to participating students.

Using the lens of the food system, we explore systemic inequities and their wide-ranging human and environmental impacts. We equip interns with the skills to become more sustainable and self-sufficient and replicate permaculture models in their communities.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Students
Farmers

Key to Unadilla Community Farm's vision & mission is enhancing the sustainability and self-sufficiency of communities in Central New York State, centered around building a local food economy. Our area is classified by the USDA as a low-income, low-access rural food desert, which means an area with high poverty rates where the nearest supermarket is 10+ miles and a significant number of households don’t have a vehicle. We work to fill the gap, by providing healthy organic fruits and veggies in our community.

We run a weekly veggie box delivery program, from mid-June to mid-November, providing fresh, seasonal, organically-grown fruits and veggies to Edmeston families. Our veggie boxes are priced on a sliding scale so families pay what they can afford. We offer several veggie box sizes, customizable payment plans, and can accept SNAP. We also allow bartering, such as donating wood chips to the farm in exchange for veggies.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the precariousness of both the food system and the economy. Even in normal times, food insecurity is a pressing issue for Edmeston families, who have to drive 40 minutes to get to the nearest supermarket to pick up groceries. On top of that, due to COVID-related job layoffs, our community members are struggling to pay the bills and make ends meet. This situation underscores the importance of our program to provide local food to local people, delivered directly to their doorstep. Our delivery-based model reduces human contact to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it saves families time and money, so they don’t have to spend hours to get food, or pay a “driver” to take them to a supermarket.

We also donate to our local Edmeston food bank, as well as to the regional Farm-to-School program. We believe that an important element of building community is the gifting of goods or resources to those who are in need without the expectation of receiving anything in return.

Population(s) Served
Students
Young adults
Low-income people
Families

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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Unadilla Community Farm Education Center Inc

Board of directors
as of 12/18/2020
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Board chair

Greta Zarro

Nina Buxenbaum

Tianna Kennedy

Bari Zeiger

Vic Ziminsky

Board leadership practices

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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