Albany, N.Y. – Staff at Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C. (TBC) proudly supported the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York by sending a team of volunteers to the Organization’s Patroon Land Farm on May 28, 2014 to help with the installation of a high tunnel greenhouse on the property.
The Farm is located about 10 miles away from TBC in the town of Voorheesville. The Regional Food Bank, in partnership with the Patroon Land Farm, is a self-sustaining farm that grows large quantities of high quality vegetables every year. The Farm supplies the Food Bank and its participating agencies with diverse, fresh produce. It has delivered over 650,000 pounds of fresh produce to the Food Bank since the partnership began in 2006.
The high tunnel greenhouse project was an initiative to increase the Farm’s production of vegetables for the Food Bank, expand the Community Supported Agriculture program which helps support the Farm financially, and offer more opportunities for volunteers at the Farm.
The work began in late April as a community project initiative by a group of business professionals participating in a local leadership program. The goal was to complete the project by mid June. However, due to weather and other restrictions, the group was in search of more volunteers, and TBC responded to that call without hesitation.
“It felt good to work on a project that will feed members of our community from the Farm’s yield,” said Johanna Schweitzer, a senior accountant at TBC. “Those who came out to lend a hand were able to learn a little about building a greenhouse and meet others in our community who were involved in the mission. This project was a win for all involved.”
“I am extremely proud of the staff who contributed to the completion of this community project,” said James Drislane, Managing Partner of TBC. “We are always more than willing to step up when our community needs us.”