As one of the the last farms operating in Saratoga Springs, Pitney Meadows Community Farm has a unique opportunity to reconnect the city with its agricultural heritage. Our goal is to demonstrate that farmland conservation projects strengthen our local economy, increase our food supply, and create community bonds. We are committed to empowering community members to grow their own produce and educating children of all ages about the vital importance of regenerative agriculture, healthy food and good nutrition. We also aim to support the development of new farm enterprises and encourage the growth of a strong local food system in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Our plans, informed by and with the community, include:
Vibrant, mixed-use vegetable, small grain, and livestock farm operation open for the community.
Our farm fields are covered in a pasture mix now to regenerate the soil to prepare for organic farming. Starting in spring 2019, our farm fields will be lush with organic vegetables and grains - growing for farm to school, local food banks, and the community at large using sustainable agricultural methods to improve yield, conserve water and improve soil fertility.
Community Gardens & Children’s Garden.
Small garden plots offered to community members to raise healthy, organic produce for themselves, their families, and the community with guidance from experienced farmers. Community gardens foster a sense of community identity and stewardship and also encourage healthier eating. Through collaboration with local schools, the Cornell Cooperative Extension, and other educational entities, we will engage children in the gardens and introduce them to the magical world of greenhouses.
Community Education & Gathering Spaces.
Year-round programming for adults, youth, and families will be offered on diverse topics, including canning, preserving, preparation, and healthy eating. We hope to raise funds to construct an event center and commercial and educational kitchen.
More than 30 acres of woodlands and wetlands along Geyser Creek will be set aside for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and picnicking. The Greenbelt Trail is expected to connect through the Farm over to the YMCA.
Upcoming Community Forum:
With our strategic plan drafted, we will be hosting an early 2019 spring series of community forums to introduce the plan to the community, solicit feedback, and encourage involvement in our iterative process to develop Pitney Meadows Community Farm in alignment with community needs and identified opportunities. Stay tuned for details!
Read our strategic plan here.
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