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Sprout Creek Farm Announcement - April 17, 2020

After many years of serving the Dutchess County community, Sprout Creek Farm’s Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to suspend Farm operations. Effective today, Sprout Creek Farm will be closed and will no longer offer educational and agricultural programming.

We greatly appreciate the community support the Farm has received over the years and the chance we’ve had to be part of the lives of so many children and their families.

FAQs

Why is the Farm closing?

As an independent non-profit organization, Sprout Creek Farm relies on agricultural and educational programming to generate revenue. For several years, the Farm has had operating losses and has not generated enough money to independently operate without external financial support. In the current COVID-19 environment the inability to conduct any programming has resulted in a significant financial hardship.

What was Marist’s role over the past two years?

Marist agreed to assume operational control of the Farm from the Society of the Sacred Heart of USA and Canada, which had determined it no longer wished to support the operational costs.  The Farm would likely have closed as of January 2018, but for the intervention of the College.

While the Farm remained a separate entity, Marist has served as both an educational partner and means of financial support since January 2018. During this time, Marist has provided funds totaling more than $2.5 million to improve the infrastructure of the Farm through personnel; capital improvements, including a state-of-the-art Creamery; and enhancements to the educational programming.  Sprout Creek Farm is deeply appreciative of the support Marist College and its community has provided since January 2018.

The challenges associated with the COVID-19 outbreak have only exacerbated the financial challenges of Sprout Creek Farm operations and made its business model unsustainable.
Various options for the future of the Farm are still open, including partnership with external organizations or sale.

What will happen to the Farm’s operations?

If a new owner or entity takes over the operations, any and all of the former functions (education, cheese making, hosted events) of Sprout Creek Farm could be restarted.

The animals at Sprout Creek Farm will all be appropriately and humanely managed during the process of suspension of farm operations, as directed by the capable hands of our farmer and his staff.  We have always operated this way at Sprout Creek Farm.

From SCF Farm Director, Sean O'Sullivan, "it is a priority to Sprout Creek Farmers that all animals are relocated to new homes and given the best care that local farmers can give them. All efforts are being made to ensure that the transitions are accomplished with the emphasis on animal safety, health and welfare. We have taken great pride ensuring that the animals have been very well looked after and that the care and attention we have given them will continue."

What will happen to the land?

Sprout Creek’s land is protected by a conservation easement and any future use would need to operate within those guidelines, which focus on agricultural and educational programming.
Will another entity take over the Farm?

Various options for the future of the Farm remain open, including partnership with external organizations or sale.

Backyard Sugarin

Backyard Sugaring Workshop
 
Making Maple Syrup
 
Learn how to make your own pure, delicious maple syrup, whether you have one tree or hundreds. These workshops will be held at the Sugarhouse at White Oak Farm, 680 Croton Lake Road, Yorktown Hgts., NY 10598, on Saturday February 15th and 22nd 2020 from 9:00-12:00 noon.

White Oak Farm is the only commercial maple syrup producer in Westchester County with 2400 trees tapped and the southernmost producer in New York State.

Visit a traditional sugarhouse and learn the techniques to make your own high quality syrup with a focus on the history of maple syrup production, tree identification, tapping, collecting, boiling, filtering, and packing.

White Oak Farm is a Leader Evaporator maple equipment dealer and can supply you with any type of equipment regardless of how basic or advanced you would like to keep your Backyard Sugaring.

Cost of the workshop is $50 per person. If interested go to www.whiteoakfarm1.com and fill in the message section at the bottom of the home page.


 

Westchester's Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board

 invites you to a free educational seminar:

 

Is Your Farm & Business in Compliance?

 

topics covered include:

labor compliance, website ADA compliance, insurance, workman's comp, food safety regulations

and much more!

 

November 12, 2019

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Hilltop Hanover Farm

1271 Hanover Street

Yorktown Heights, NY

 

RSVP

westchesteragboard@gmail.com

This free event is open to the public, but RSVP's are appreciated.

 

Refreshments provided by Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm.

Displays from local farms.

 

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Hang Out at Hilltop

 

2nd Annual

Family Farm Festival

We have been overwhelmed with interest in our 2nd Annual Family Farm Festival, and have reached registration capacity.

However, we invite you to

click here join the waiting list!

Stuart's Fruit Farm will also be open for regular business.

 

Got Produce??? Bring extra fresh fruits & veggies from your garden to our Family Farm Festival and support our Gardening for Good Program.

All produce will be donated to the Community Center of Northern Westchester.

Yorktown Grange Flyer

Fable Farmfest Summer 2019

A Night at the Farm

Pancake Breakfast Hilltop Hanover Farm

Justin Veatch Fund Raiser

Economic Toolkit for Farmers

Hilltop Hanover Dinner Invitation

2018 Yorktown Grange Fair


Tractor Parade

Mational Honey Day

Fable Farm Fest

Hilltop Hanover FarmFest

Hemlock Hill May BBQ Flyer

Hemlock Hill Fowl Play Bingo Flyer

Pancake Breakfast Maple Weekend



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