Get Picked for Common Ground

Common Ground Farm apprentices Alexis O'Brien and Kantu Thole prepare a truckload of lettuce for the Beacon schools. (Photo by Sarah Simon)

Farm to hold fundraiser for tractor, deer damage

Common Ground Farm will host an evening of music and drinks at Hudson Valley Brewery in Beacon on Friday, March 1, from 8 to 11 p.m. to pay for a new Kubota tractor and a metal deer fence, among other improvements.

Tickets are $25 at store.commongroundfarm.org. Entry includes one drink, one raffle ticket for a chance to win a Common Ground Farm U-Pick Share, and music by The Wakies.

Sarah Simon, the farm’s director, said deer last year ate an estimated $3,000 of lettuce and $1,000 of kale and caused reduced yields on tomatoes, sweet potatoes, peppers, carrots and beets.

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  1. We used to have that problem with deer eating our lettuce in North Carolina. We didn’t do an elaborate deer fence, but ran a electric fence wire around the fields (like you would to keep cattle in) that they could easily jump over. However, we baited it with peanut butter every 10 feet or so. Seemed to work at an effective deer deterrent, and againt raccoons as well. The raccoons ate our entire sweet corn crop one year. Several cases of cheap peanut butter/season was a whole lot cheaper than a huge fence or lost veggies.