Farmer's Closet

Providing Children With The Little Things So They Can Achieve The Big Things

Farmer’s Closet is a group of parents, grandparents, and concerned members of the community dedicated to providing students in the Farmington Central School District 265 with the things they need to be successful.

Mission: To help meet some of the basic needs of students in the Farmington Central School District. Farmer’s Closet is focusing on clothing, socks, shoes, and hygiene items, as well as school supplies, and other items as requested by the school. Efforts will be made to not duplicate a service but rather to coordinate among existing services so children’s needs may better be met.

Nine women attended our initial meeting on June 26, 2017. Since then, our supporters have grown exponentially! Our Facebook group, Farmer’s Closet, has over 700 members. The way that the community has rallied around Farmer's Closet shows how tight knit and supportive our community is to improving children's lives. Together we are making a difference for children in need.

Founding Members:  Alexis Maubach, Brenda Passmore,  Carolyn Ludwig, Cindy Duley, Cindy Johnson, Jeni Crusen, Karen Miller, Lynley Krakowiecki, Michele Shipley, Susan Hostetler

Current Board Members:  Jeni Crusen, Carolyn Ludwig, Connie Lowery, Karen Miller, Haley Agnoletti, Debra Davis, Jenavee Barton, Emylee Bitner

Jeni Crusen


Jeni is a lifelong resident of Farmington where her three children attend school. As both a parent and a community business owner who works with children and families, Jeni is passionate about children receiving a quality education regardless of their socioeconomic status.

Connie Lowery

Vice President

Connie is a Trivoli Resident. She has been an active supporter of Farmer's Closet before accepting a position on the Board. She has the patience of a saint and handles any needs coming directly from the school with grace.

Karen Miller


Karen resides in Yates City and has been with us since inception. As a retired teacher from District 265 she firmly believes in the Farmer's Closet Mission.

Debra Davis


Debra is a lifelong resident of Farmington, a mother, and a dedicated RN. She believes in the importance of every child receiving a quality education and is a strong proponent of equality.

Carolyn Ludwig

Application and Resource Coordinator

Carolyn is a fifth generation resident of Farmington. Both of her daughters attended school at District 265. She runs the "What's Going On In Farmington" Facebook page and is active in many different community organizations.

Haley Agnoletti

Social Media Manager

Haley is a lifelong resident of Farmington along with her Husband and 3 children. The insight that she brings from her experience in her day job along with her youthful insight is invaluable.

Emylee Bitner

Development Coordinator

Emylee Bitner is a born and raised Farmington resident and district 265 graduate, currently living in Hanna City. She and her husband are preparing to send their son to Farmington school in the fall of 2022. She is eager to give back to her community and to live out the mission of Farmer’s Closet!

Jenavee Barton

Jenavee has been a resident of District 265 since 2009 when she bought a home with her husband, Cheney, who is a lifelong resident and graduate of Farmington High School. Jenavee and Cheney have three daughters, two who attend Farmington Central Elementary.


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Is Farmer's Closet a Federally approved non-profit organization?

Yes, Farmer's Closet is a Federally approved non-profit organization which means that you can request a receipt for any donation as a potential tax write off.

Where do my donations go?

All donations made stay within and go directly to helping the children in Farmington Central District 265.

Who is eligible for services?

Any child that is currently enrolled in Farmington Central District 265 is eligible for services.  This encompasses children in Bright Futures through 12th grade.

What services does Farmer's Closet provide?

Farmer's Closet provides children in Farmington Central School District 265 with back to school supplies, backpacks,  P.E. uniforms and shoes, size and weather appropriate clothing and shoes, hygiene items, winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves.

How do I apply for services?

Parents may contact Farmer's Closet directly through the form on this page or via our email,  Children may also be referred to us via a school employee.