We love introducing you to the local organizations that better our community and inspire us with their spirit of giving.
Pitney Meadows Community Farm, established in 2016, is one of those organizations. Pitney Meadows is a non-profit 166-acre farm in Saratoga Springs. The land is protected under the Open Space Fund, and represents a relationship between the city of Saratoga Springs and the original Pitney Farm, which has been used for agriculture since 1862.
At Pitney Meadows, customers can participate in a “pick your own” CSA. Pitney Meadows also offers garden plots for tending, hiking trails, educational programming, beekeeping, and composting. They host some wonderful culinary events with visiting chefs who make the most of the fresh produce at the farm.
Pitney Meadows is also committed to fighting food insecurity in our own neighborhoods, and one of their initiatives is providing multiple pop-up food pantries throughout the area.
As their website states, “Our Pop-Up Produce Pantries, in partnership with many local organizations, allow us to increase the impact of our food donations by providing free, fresh produce directly to our neighbors in need. We strongly believe that everyone is entitled to access to fresh produce. Therefore, we have targeted certain neighborhoods within our region where access to fresh produce is limited.”
Ben and his family love volunteering at the pop-up pantries. It’s a simple, kid-friendly way to involve the whole family in a local philanthropy, and the kids love spending a couple of hours setting up the tent and working the stand.