To recognize the importance of dedicated, enthusiastic and creative volunteers to the success of the Farm to Fork Fondo, we've created the New Holland Volunteer Competition. It's a fun contest in which color-coded teams of volunteers each representing different local Orange County farms and farm organizations will compete for cash donations to those entities.
Thanks to support from New Holland Agriculture, Cornerstone Environmental Group, Friends of Princeton Cycling, and participant donations, we have raised more than $1,500 so far to give away at the end of the day on June 28!
Interested in joining the fun as a volunteer? Register on our Volunteer Sign Up page.
Interested in associating your brand with healthy living, community volunteerism and the support of local agriculture? Contact us for sponsorship information. 100% of any sponsorship funds received will be donated to Orange County farms and farm organizations.
Volunteer Team Green: Orange County Land Trust
The mission of the Orange County Land Trust is to preserve the fields, forests, wetlands ridgelines and river corridors in and around Orange County, New York, for the benefit of people. The not-for-profit organization has preserved a number of farms in the County including Keith's Farm in Westtown. That means that the beautiful site of Farm to Fork Fondo aid station at mile 30 will never be developed.
The members of the Orange County Land Trust volunteer team will be competing for funds to help the organization purchase the development rights for more area farms to preserve the county's beautiful open space.
Learn more about the Orange County Land Trust.
Volunteer Team Orange: Orange County Bicycle Club
Benefiting the Sanctuary for Animals
The Orange County Bicycle Club is a group of recreational cycling enthusiasts that has been wheeling through the Hudson Valley for nearly twenty years. Members feel there is no better place to be a cyclist than Orange County, New York, with its abundance of empty roads in a landscape full of fields, lakes, pastures and woods.
The club's regular Saturday ride passes a large pasture with herds of grazing camels at the Sanctuary for Animals. These camels, rescued after movie, advertising and circus careers, have become the club's talisman and proceeds from their annual County Roads Tour benefit the not-for-profit farm. Volunteers from the Orange County Bicycle Club team will compete for additional funds to support the Sanctuary for Animals.
Volunteer Team Blue: The North Face Store
Benefiting the Pierson Farm Stand
The North Face encourages their associates across the county to volunteer their time for worthy causes with paid time off for that purpose. The North Face Outlet Store at Woodbury Commons in Orange County is organizing a team of volunteers to compete on behalf of Pierson's Farms and Greenhouses, host of the Farm to Fork Fondo aid station at mile 16.
Pierson's Farm is an eighth-generation family beef cattle farm that has diversified in recent years by opening a farm stand that stocks local honeys, jams and treats from other area farms. Funds earned by The North Face volunteer team will be used to expand Pierson's Farm Stand.
Volunteer Team Yellow: Palindromes
Benefiting the Rogowski Farm GoFundMe Campaign
Team Palindromes is a group of Orange County motorcycle enthusiasts with a special affinity for bicycles. Members of the group have been course marshals at major cycling events including the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic. Team Palindromes will be providing on-course moto assistance and you can spot them by their custom helmet sticker that carry their slogan, "Fun in both directions."
Team Palindromes is volunteering to benefit the GoFundMe campaign for Farm to Fork Fondo aid station Rogowski Farm in Pine Island, New York. In 2011 Hurricane Irene wiped out all of Rogowski Farm's crop and much of its infrastructure. The Rogowski family has yet to recover from the disaster and is at risk of losing their family farm to creditors.
Learn more about the Rogowski Farm GoFundMe Campaign.