courtesy of Stony Kill Farm
Maybe your seed starting attempts didn’t pan out the way you’d hoped. Or maybe you’re realizing a passion for growing things just this year and looking for guidance on how to begin. But maybe you’re like the many folks who wait every year with anticipation to stock up on the many varieties, including heirloom veggies and herb plants, expertly grown at Stony Kill Farm in Wappingers Falls. This year, Stony Kill’s big plant sale is happening on May 7th from 11a-3p at the farm’s annual Spring Celebration, where greenhouse volunteers and master gardener, Jim Moseman, will be on hand to answer questions and share knowledge of the plant varieties on offer. While the major draw of the Spring Celebration is to highlight the plant sale (a fundraiser for the farm), there’s also some great family-friendly fun to be had there.
Spring is the time when the Stony Kill sheep get sheared, which families can watch in front of the barn. There will be demonstrations of the things one can do with that sweet wool, so families can learn felting, knitting, and spinning. While it’s early for Stony Kill’s beekeeping program (honey should be available for sale in mid-summer), there will be a table set up where people can learn more about the bees and equipment used to tend them. And other groups, like the Waterman’s Bird Club, the Taconic Outdoor Education Center, and the Fresh Air Fund, will be on hand to promote their programs. Don’t miss the 4H Club’s table where a kids craft will be happening.
Inside the barn, families can visit the animals. And maybe most exciting of all, there will be ten new lambs, two newborn piglets, bunnies, and chicks. Barn guide volunteers who have grown up on farms or worked at Stony Kill for years will be on hand to answer questions and facilitate happy human-animal interactions.
Education is a key mission at Stony Kill, which is run by the non-profit Stony Kill Foundation. They seek to develop environmental, educational, and historical interpretive and outdoor recreation programs and events through their working farm at the Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, owned by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. So they host community garden plots, events, nature camps, workshops, and school and scout field trip opportunities, maintain 8 miles of hiking trails, and are working to restore a 1700s farm house. The Spring Celebration is the perfect time to break out the wellies and get to know all that’s on offer.
at Stony Kill Farm, 79 Farmstead Lane in Wappingers Falls: Saturday, May 7th, 11a-3p; raindate Sunday, May 8th; live music throughout the day; food and bake sale available for purchase at the farm’s concession stand; dress for the weather and a real working farm. Check out their website
to learn all that’s happening at the farm! And visit them at the Beacon Farmer's Market on May 15 from 9 am to 2 pm to sign up for summer camp.