Are you looking for a way to connect to the local food movement? Or are you part of a congregation or community group looking to participate in a meaningful project with a lasting community impact? If so, you are invited to help construct a greenhouse for the Stony Point Center’s new sustainable farming initiative. Both small groups and individual volunteers are invited to participate in this project.

Stony Point Center’s farm project began this past spring when we expanded our existing gardens into nearly one acre of agricultural production. The next step in our farming effort is to build and furnish a greenhouse which will allow us to extend our growing season into the winter and get an early start on spring planting in the years to come.

Our greenhouse frame is on site, awaiting assembly by some willing volunteers. In addition to constructing the greenhouse, volunteers will help prepare the new greenhouse soil, build versatile raised planting beds, plant it with cold-tolerant crops, work in our gardens, and much more.

We invite you to spend a week with us at the end of August so that our greenhouse space will be fully functional this fall and winter. Contact our farmer, Will Summers, for more information or to register.

Here’s how it works

The project will begin on the afternoon of Sunday August 25 and end after a morning of work on Friday August 30. Stony Point Center’s farmer, Will Summers, will supervise the group. Will has worked as an organic farmer and educator since 2007 and is thrilled to work with volunteers to complete this project.

Cost

$300 per person goes entirely toward building materials to construct and furnish the greenhouse—we’ll cover your room and board.

Requirements

  • All volunteers participating in this work project must be at least 14 years of age. Certain work involving power tools may be reserved for adult volunteers.

  • A ratio of at least 1 adult for every 2 youth volunteers.

  • Volunteers with basic carpentry skills (familiarity working with wood, drills, and saws) will be extremely helpful.

  • Be prepared to work 3 hours each morning and another 2-3 hours each afternoon, depending on weather and group needs.

What You Will Need To Bring

  • Work clothes that can get dirty or torn

  • Hat, water bottle, and sunscreen/protective clothing

  • Work gloves

  • Closed-toe shoes

  • Swimwear for recreation at nearby lakes

  • Rain gear (if you have it)

  • A desire to learn and be helpful

Other Activities

  • Recreational time at Harriman State Park’s lakes and hiking trails can be arranged. Stony Point Center owns canoes and kayaks that will be available for the group’s use.

  • Movie screening or intentional discussion about the current state of the industrial food system and local food justice movements.

  • Conversation with Stony Point Center residents about peace and justice work in a multifaith setting.

What is the vision? Why farm at Stony Point Center?

Meeting the challenges of participating in a more just food system at Stony Point Center has emerged under the leadership of Rick and Kitty Ufford-Chase. As a multifaith community rooted in nonviolence, Stony Point Center recognizes that we must take steps to address the ethical dilemmas that come with our food choices and to make efforts toward achieving food justice. Food justice occurs when communities have economic and physical access to healthy food, which is fresh, nutritious, culturally appropriate, and produced in a way that honors the earth and the people who grow it.  Here at Stony Point Center we are committed to growing a significant amount of the food that we serve without employing methods that rely on the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides and purchasing food from local farms and farmers who share this commitment.  The purpose of Stony Point Center’s farm is to provide fresh, nutritious food for our dining hall and facilitating educational experiences for the guests, staff, and residents of Stony Point Center. We also hope that our farm will be an inspiration to other institutions that are considering integrating food production into their operations and landscape.

Contact our farmer, Will Summers, for more information or to register.