Madava Farms Cares
That’s why everything we do at Crown Maple Farm related to our maple syrup production is shaped by these four guiding stewardship principles:
- We sustainably manage our maple groves for the present and for future generations.
- Wherever possible we hire local men and women and actively work to better the local communities in which we operate.
- We produce pure and healthful products and promote their healthy enjoyment.
- We ‘put our money where our mouth is’ by financially supporting the causes that touch our hearts.
After sampling syrup from the majestic maple trees on the property and researching sustainable forestry production methods, Robb and Lydia Turner soon envisioned the potential to produce organic pure maple syrup while being stewards of the land and creating jobs that support the local Dutchess County economy.
With the creation of Madava Farms, the Turners have not only created a new point of interest in Dutchess County, but have also provided jobs for many area residents.
Dutchess County Tourism
Duchess County Tourism was established in 1984. A destination marketing organization, it brings tourism dollars to area businesses by marketing
and promoting the assets of Dutchess County to the nation and the world. Dutchess County Tourism is a division of the Economic Development
Corporation and is funded by the County of Dutchess, NY.
Hudson Valley Food and Beverage Alliance
Crown Maple Syrup is a founding member of the Hudson Valley Food and Beverage Alliance, whose mission it is to grow an already prosperous food and beverage industry into an even greater sector for the Hudson Valley. The Food and Beverage Alliance focuses on helping food and beverage companies in the region work together as strong partners and market their products all over the United States. The Alliance also encourages food and beverage companies looking to start up or expand to call the Hudson Valley home.
The Alliance was created by the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation; Crown Maple Founder Robb Turner also is a board member of that organization.
Another way Crown Maple is working to strengthen local communities is by participating in an organization called Citizen Schools. Robb Turner is a board member for Citizen Schools New Jersey, whose mission, according to its Web site, is to partner “with middle schools to expand the learning day. By drawing more citizens into our schools, we’re promoting student achievement, transforming schools, and re-imagining education in New Jersey… Companies, non-profits, foundations, individuals and schools have all come together to open up pathways of success for young people in New Jersey.”
Here are some of the causes that touch our heart. We invite you to learn more about these organizations that are making a difference -- maybe they'll touch you, too.
Dutchess County Ducks Unlimited
Crown Maple is proud to support the Dutchess County Ducks Unlimited Chapter. DCDU was formed to raise awareness of the value of preserving and restoring wetlands habitat, especially within the Great Swamp, one of the top five largest freshwater wetlands in New York State. The Great Swamp extends to Dover Plains, NY, and provides habitat for migratory waterfowl within the Atlantic Flyway. Annually DCDU has organized the Great Swamp Shoot and Conservation Program bringing together hunting and non-hunting conservationists in support of Ducks Unlimited, the world leader in wetlands conservation. Crown Maple is the breakfast sponsor for the event and in association with the Dutchess Land Conservancy sponsors the educational programs at Madava Farms, Home of Crown Maple, for the non-hunting conservationists.
The Friends4Michael Foundation was established by the Kwinn family in honor of their son, Michael, after his heroic 14-month battle against an anaplastic astrocytoma Grade III brain tumor ended at the age of 14. Robb and Lydia are honored to sit on the Foundation's board.
Its mission is to support children like Michael and their families, to keep alive the memory of Michael and his spirit, to increase awareness of the devastating effects of brain tumors on afflicted children and their families and to continue to “Fight for a Cure” for this horrible disease.
The foundation gives assistance, including financial, to children afflicted with brain tumors and their families, or to funds which support their fights. The foundation provides support for directed charities which assist seriously ill children afflicted with brain tumors. It provides grants to organizations conducting promising research on cures for brain tumors. Friends4Michael also provides scholarships to deserving high school students who demonstrate the qualities and abilities which Michael possessed.
New York Restoration Project
New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to reclaiming and restoring New York City parks, community gardens and open space. In partnership with the City of New York, NYRP is also leading MillionTreesNYC – an initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City’s five boroughs by 2017.
Since the organization’s founding by Bette Midler in 1995, NYRP has achieved dramatic results by investing in the greening and beautification of underserved communities throughout New York City. Working in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, NYRP staff, AmeriCorps members, and community and corporate volunteers have planted hundreds of thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers to support the restoration of public parks and community gardens; restored and help maintain six New York City parks; and removed more than 2,000 tons of garbage from the City’s green spaces. In 1999, Midler and NYRP saved 114 community gardens from commercial development and established the New York Garden Trust to ensure NYRP’s precious plots of land remain public gardens in perpetuity.