For Immediate Release

Media Contact:

Jane Rodd, Program Leader

CCEDC Youth Development

2715 Rt. 44, Millbrook, NY 12545

(845) 677-8223 ext.105

The Green Teen program of Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County is rooted in helping their community- can you help?

(Millbrook, NY) – With Spring in the air, and school almost over, the Green Teen program was invited to participate in the Common Ground Farm’s annual plant sale on May 6th, 2023. The sale was held at the corner of Main St. and Cross St. in Beacon. Green Teen offered packets of a pollinator seed mix, including seeds donated by Common Ground and the City of Beacon.

“We are so excited to have dedicated local youth hired to distribute food they have grown and harvested through the Common Ground Farm and our Free Farm Stand, and we are hoping to encourage additional community support through grass-roots fundraising,” said Samantha Britain, Green Teen Program Manager. “They are working so hard to give food directly to their community, but stuff like t-shirts, gloves and hand sanitizer can get expensive.”

Green Teen, which will celebrate its 20th year in 2024, serves the Beacon community through two programs: the work-to-learn youth employment program, where participants ages 14-18 are hired to plant and maintain the program’s garden on West Center St, and the recently developed Club Green Teen, an afterschool program for youth ages 12-14. Since 2020, Green Teen has also operated a free farm stand, in which all produce grown by the program is donated back to the community each summer. Green Teen has also recently expanded into Poughkeepsie via a partnership with Nubian Directions.


Green Teen is fundraising for general operating costs of the program that include branded items like team shirts and water bottles, cleaning supplies, gardening tools and gas money for the Green Teen Bus you may see around Dutchess County. The Common Ground Farm’s annual plant sale did raise about $500. Program staff are hoping to triple that amount through fundraising and potential sponsorship opportunities.

Donating is easy! Please visit and scroll to the option that says, "make a general donation to one of our many programs” to select “Green Teen.”

For more information this program, please visit the website: or call Program Leader Jane Rodd, (845) 677-8223 ext. 105. You can also follow Green Teen Beacon on Facebook and Instagram: @greenteenbeacon!

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Green Teen Beacon from left to right : Prince Jones, Khiana Nicholson, Scooter Zeoli, Messiah Gardner, Brandon Soria, Julius Miles, Gabby Espinal, and Ciara Soto.


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Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities. This program is partially funded by the County of Dutchess, Dutchess County office for the Aging, and New York State Office of Children and Family Services. Please contact the Cornell Cooperative Extension office if you have any special needs.