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Organic Farm Breathes Life into Southwest Nassau

Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s in Malverne opened in April.

Local residents may be familiar with the Grossmann Family Farm in Malverne that operated from 1895 to 2007. But did you know that this beautiful village landmark was almost lost to developers? Thankfully this treasure was rescued by Nassau Country.

Sometimes politicians get it right! In late 2009, Thomas Suozzi, former Nassau County Executive, initiated the purchase of Grossmann’s Farm in order to preserve southwestern Nassau’s only existing farm. This deal was finalized by Ed Mangano, his successor, in February 2010. 

This acquisition of this five-acre farm was funded through the 2006 Environmental Bond Act, a $150 million dollar initiative to protect and purchase open spaces.

In late 2010, a long term licensing agreement was finalized between Nassau County and the Nassau Land Trust to revive, restore, operate, and maintain a working organic farm. The Nassau Land Trust is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that manages and finances operations at the farm.  

The revival and restoration of the Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s has been a collaborative team effort of leaders at the Nassau Land Trust, Bill Walsh, Lisa Mitten, supporting organizations and a dedicated group of community volunteers and leaders. This farm celerbrated its Grand Opening on April 30 and is mandated to grow organic produce and source Long Island produce and products.

Walsh explained that on July 1, with the consent of the Grossmann Family, the farm was renamed Crossroads Farm at Grossmann's to reflect both its roots, location, preservation and new beginning. Mitten pointed out that our food system has been at a crossroads and this trend to return to smaller farms providing local food has been growing throughout Long Island and the country.

Bill and Lisa explained that Crossroads Farm mission is multi-faceted. First, to underscore the importance of providing local farm fresh organic produce. Second, to empower the community to make a contribution to this viable working farm. Third, to educate the community on healthy living. As a result, the farm has a volunteer program, educational program and community activities. 

To raise awareness they are hosting their first Movie Viewing of Vanishing of the Bees on Aug. 25 followed by a discussion with Maryam Henein, director and filmmaker.

Pay a visit to this treasure because as Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s thrives so will the neighboring communities.

 

 

 

Frank August 16, 2011 at 08:56 PM
Love it. wish we could preserve (or create) more space in and around RVC.
Judy Griffin, Certified Holistic Health Coach August 17, 2011 at 01:28 PM
So do I Frank. The south shore of Nassau County was developed too quickly without a master plan nor regard for preservation. A concerted effort should be made to preserve and you are right too open up land for public use.
Alison Gilbert August 19, 2011 at 10:07 AM
Congratulations to Southwest Nassau County. We finally got land use right. Considering the disastrous evolution of Camp DeBaun into a supermarket, this one makes up for it. We need to understand the impact we have on the land, the earth, this planet which is our home. If it can not sustain us, we can not live here healthfully or perhaps at all. Welcome Crossroads Farm at Grossmann's.
Harry Martinian August 19, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Now that the proposal to rebuild the arena has been rejected, consideration should be given to an agricultural initiative in that area. We need to reclaim the land that we can for sustainable, job creating, environmental responsible projects that feed people in many ways.
Jamessina August 19, 2011 at 02:21 PM
This is so great to read about! IF ONLY Friendly Farms in East Meadow could have been saved as well. It was unfortunately caught in a politcal battle and Cornell won in the end to completely flatten the grounds and rebuild an 'educational agriculture' location for students.

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