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Charity Spotlight: FarmOn! Foundation


Charity Spotlight: FarmOn! Foundation

Tessa Edick and Chelsea Clinton at a FarmOn! / Disney event.

Tessa Edick and Chelsea Clinton at a FarmOn! / Disney event.

Thanks to the FarmOn! Foundation, more people are paying attention to what they are consuming, and more importantly paying attention to where the food they are consuming comes from, and understanding the importance as to why it matters, not just now, but for generations to come.
FarmOn, founded in 2012, is a 501c3 non-profit organization and public charity that creates and funds youth educational programming and working to preserve small scale family farming in America by promoting succession through generations, implementing AG-Entrepreneurial food ways through food education and farm preservation.
Tessa Edick, founder of the movement, has cultivated and nurtured a broad network of supporters, partners and beneficiaries within New York State as a pilot program that can be implemented nationally. The Foundation was formed due to the philanthropic arm of Culinary Partnership and FarmOn! Foundation as the financial beneficiary of the Friends of the Farmer Festival and other community driven events.
The foundation is dedicated to bringing awareness to food choices and sources, and reinvigorating respect for farming, inspiring young people to choose agricultural careers to create an economic engine connecting rural and urban marketplaces.
farm on foundation logoBy educating entrepreneurially oriented youth on how to create economically and environmentally sustainable farming operations that support succession across generations, the organization engages local communities to participate in the production, distribution and consumption of locally produced food products, developing a commerce as an economic engine in the Hudson Valley and changing the future of farming.
Nonprofit Name:  FarmOn! Foundation
Website: farmonfoundation.org
Twitter Handle: @farmonfarmon
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/farmonfoundation?fref=photo
Pinterest: FarmOn Foundation
Instagram: FriendsoftheFarmer, FarmOnFarmOn
Empire Farm
556 Empire Road
Copake, NY, 12516,
Columbia County NY

Phone number:
(518) 329-FARM
Is the organization a 501c3? Yes
What is your EIN? Our tax identification number is 46-1999952
Link to your organization on Charity Navigator – In progress
Link to your organization on GuideStar – In progress
Children playing with a baby chick at a FarmOn! event

Children playing with a baby chick at a FarmOn! event

How efficient is your nonprofit? What percentage of donations of all product and financial donations received go toward helping others vs. administrative expenses? 100% of private donations received are charitable. Administrative expenses are covered by events, grants and farm revenue.
Could you describe the nonprofit? FarmOn! is a movement to change the way you experience food and ensure succession on the farm so we eat locally not from factories. A wide network supports collaboration among professional farmers, educators, influencers, supporters, nutritionists, students, chefs, athletes, policy makers and community leaders invested in the future of local agriculture and supporting local economies. FarmOn! Supporters include: C J Mack Foundation, TasteNY, Applegate, Bronx Zoo, NYS Department of Ag & Markets, Local Economies Project/NOVO, Whole Foods Market, SUNY, Marist, Taconic Hills School District, QuestarIII, Cornell Cooperative Extension, QuestarIII, NBA and in 2014, FarmOn! and Walt Disney Company debuted “FarmOn! the Road with Disney” to a large-scale audience of children and adults that activated healthy thinking with one simple message – Meet your Farmer.
Where are you based and what sets the organization apart? Empire Farm is located in Copake, New York, Columbia County Hudson River Valley. FarmOn! Foundation established a working farm in 2014 based in community connection and educational ag-entrepreneurial curriculum in New York’s Hudson Valley dedicated to educating the next generation in the business of food about the art of sustainable farming. Young people are more and more aware of the importance of their food choices, which has reignited an interest in farming. In order to maintain that interest, these young entrepreneurs need to understand how they can make a living in agriculture. That is where the FarmOn! Foundation will make a critical difference — by reversing the trend of Agribusiness back to re-establishing economically and environmentally sustainable small scale and family farm operations.
What initiatives is the organization currently working on?
–  FarmOn! Local School Milk Initiative in partnership with Hudson Valley Fresh Dairy (Pilot program at Taconic Hills Central School District 2012 and working with 15 Hudson Valley school districts and SUNY to expand)
–  H.A.R.V.E.S.T. CLUB Farm to School Program and School Garden
–      FarmOn! Internships & Apprenticeships
–      Agri-Business (ag-entrepreneurial) curriculum
–      Farm tours at public school summer camps with Columbia Land Conservancy
–      CampFarmOn! Summer camp Enrichment Programs with Taconic Hills Central School District, QuestarIII & Cornell Cooperative Extension
A picture of the FarmOn! Farm

A picture of the FarmOn! Farm

–      Author, Columnist Meet your Farmer
–      FarmOn! Victory Gardens in public schools
–      FarmOn! Local Milk in public schools with HVF
–      FarmOn! Slam Dunk your Veggies with NBA
–      FarmOn! Children’s farm at the Bronx Zoo Children’s Zoo
–      “Feed with Seed” (Pop-up ABC HOME, FarmOn! the Road with Disney)
–      FarmOn! at Empire Farm Ag-Entrepreneurial Curriculum (ages 17-20)
–      ABCSA curated citified CSA program with Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten

What annual fundraising events does the organization hold? Concert. Dinner. Festival. 

FarmOn! holds many events throughout the year, but our biggest happen in the summer.

  • John Varvatos presented the FarmOn! Hoedown Benefit Concert featuring the next generation – Lukas Nelson and Ruby Stinson at Club Helsinki Hudson July 18.
  • Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten hosted the “Hootenanny!” Farm Fresh Fundraiser Dinner This benefit dinner at Copake Country Club in Columbia County, Hudson River Valley NY was a perfect summers eve with 500 guests on July 26 fed local food lakeside from100 family farmers who made what was eaten as near as 5 miles away from their plates at this event.
  • Alice Waters hosted the 4th annual Friends of the Farmer Hudson Valley Food Lovers Festival. Held for the first time ever at our working farm location complete with local libations, a locavore village for shopping with vendors, Future of Farming tent connecting the community to seed and soil and Little Farmers activities galore with planting, animals and a LIVE concert for kids with a performance by Disney! Please see this year’s event ARCHIVE pages for more details about the 2014 festival.
Photo of the hootenanny

Photo of the hootenanny

What achievements is the organization most proud of? Since its inauguration the FarmOn! Foundation has worked to generate over $500,000 in economic development for the Hudson Valley’s local community and food dollars given directly to small scale and family farms from our food choices. In addition to providing donations upwards of $25,000 funding youth educational programs and local food to public schools in the Hudson Valley community since 2011.
Do you work with any brands on cause marketing products or services? Interested – Food Bank of Hudson Valley and restaurants.
How can people get involved? The easiest way is to follow on Social Media, Attend Events, DONATE to FarmOn! at Empire Farm to build our working farm and revitalize community respect for farming by engagement, work shops, planting and eating which creates economic development and connects rural and urban marketplaces.
To learn more how you can help just by eating – buy a copy of Tessa Edick’s book, “Hudson Valley Food & Farming: Why Didn’t Anyone Ever Tell Me That?” 100% of proceeds go to FarmOn! Order on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1626197520/ref=cm_sw_su_dp. Or, you could make a simple cash donation, which is tax-deductible, or sponsor any of FarmOn! Educational programs.
Please click here to learn more about this great organization and how you can get involved!


In 2008, I launched AskMissA.com which grew from my personal blog into a site with 700 writers, covering the intersection of charity & lifestyle in 20 U.S. cities. With Charity + Life, I am going back to a personal blog where I can share my favorite things, and continue to shine a light on nonprofits, and cause marketing campaigns to inspire others to give as they live.

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