Here at Stony Point Center, winter is slowly coming to a close. We’ve had our share of snowfall and icy temperatures, and as the days grow longer, it’s hard not to get caught up in the anticipation of spring’s arrival. The buds have already started to form on the magnolias and soon all the sap will be collected from the maples. This year at Stony Point Center (SPC), there is a new reason for everyone to be excited about the coming of spring—that’s where I come in.
My name is Will Summers and I am the most recent addition to SPC’s staff. I’ve been hired as the Food Grower and Educator, a newly-created position here. I’ll be leading an effort that will include expanding SPC’s current gardens and creating a few new ones so in order to supply the kitchen with an abundance of organically grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs. This year we plan to significantly increase vegetable production while also incorporating livestock such as chickens, pigs, and bees into the agricultural systems we are forming. The long-term vision for our farming operation will include fruit trees, berries, season-extending greenhouse production, and more.
We’ve already planted our farm’s first seeds, thanks to the help (and greenhouse) of farmer and pastor David Frost who is growing food at Holmes Presbyterian Camp in Putnam County, New York as part of a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. As you can see, we’re off to a good start, and there is plenty of work to be done and fun to be had on Stony Point Center’s new farm in the months to come. Everyone is welcome to stop by to say hello, check out our new gardens, and lend a hand as we embark on a journey of farming, fun, and food justice.
See you in the gardens,