The Farmingville Residents Association (FRA), a 501c3 non-profit organization, was established in April of 2006 by a small group of residents hoping to improve the community of Farmingville. Our group is comprised of residents from all ethnicities and cultural communities working together for common goals.
Our mission is to improve and develop community relations for a unified Farmingville.
Our Goals are to:
* Improve communication between all residents
* Learn how to be a good neighbor
* Understand and respect cultural differences
* Enhance the beautification of Farmingville
* Have an understanding of Brookhaven Town Codes
Since our inception, our group organized several events in the community, including Beautification Clean-Up events from October of 2006 – present. These events are wonderful, and are a great opportunity for residents of our community to work together in a positive way to improve Farmingville. The community plants various plants, spreads fresh mulch, cleans the streets, and added 12 new planters to the downtown Farmingville area.
In November of 2006, Newsday featured our organization in an article entitled, “Looking To Heal Wounds”. Since then, our group participates with the Farmingville Fire Department in both the Memorial Day Parade the December Holiday Parade. We collect canned food for families within our community.
In August of 2007, we organized the First Annual Farmingville Community Celebration Day. The event was a huge success, as was the Second Annual Community Celebration Day held in August of 2008. We held a “picnic in the park” event on August 2, 2009 for the Third Annual Community Day. On August 29th, 2010, we teamed up with the Farmingville Historical Society for Community Day at Farmingville Hills County Park. Three times a year, FRA holds community Farmers, Artisans, and Friends Markets. These events have been a wonderful opportunity for the community to celebrate its rich cultural diversity with good food, fun, and entertainment. We continue these events each year. Additionally, FRA and our event partners run an annual Community Day Festival, celebrating the diversity of our hamlet. We established the Brookhaven Community Gardens for residents seeking a place to garden. In 2017, we teamed up with Hobbs Farm as our host location. The gardening plots are available for free to Brookhaven Town residents. In 2011, we established Coats N’ Cans, a food and clothing drive held in conjunction with our annual Tree Lighting. All proceeds benefit local food pantries. FRA and One More For Jesus Christian Center offered free Spanish and English classes from August through December for many years. In 2018, we established our annual Holiday Gift Fair, which allows residents the opportunity to shop locally for the season. We formed a Youth Civic in September of 2019, which has grown. It is open to youth ages 14-18. Through their efforts, our Youth Civic now runs a mobile Blessing Box pantry at Greentree Park on Radburn Drive in Farmingville. They have also created a partnership community BBQ for area veterans at VFW Post 400, paint murals, work on teen mental health initiatives, run a community garden that donates produce to 5 local food pantries, and much more.
FRA continuously works closely with the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, and New York State regarding various on-going needs in our hamlet. This includes lighting and paving projects, plantings and green space preservation, and development proposals that pertain to Farmingville. We are truly grateful for our partnership with the aforementioned municipalities!
It is our hope that all residents of Farmingville can unite and work side by side on a variety of issues.