Pitney Meadows Community Farm was founded in 2016 to preserve the last operating farm in Saratoga Springs, and to forge a new mission for the 166-acre property in sustainable farming, education in agriculture, and the training of young farmers. Around the Silo is the voice of the Pitney Meadows community, a collaboration of farmers, educators, restaurateurs, and citizens who value open space, locally grown foods, and sustainable agriculture.
Saturday's Pitney Meadows Community Gardens Art Exhibit demonstrated how the fusion of art and agriculture can fire the imagination and inspire the creation of new works, especially in children.
With a property that offers the community so many opportunities, it's essential that we prioritize our initiatives and optimize our resources, writes Katie Petronis, president and chair of the Pitney Meadows Board of Directors.
For Pitney Meadows to thrive, we need to develop the same kind of remarkable volunteer network that powers such great organizations as Saratoga Hospital and the Washington County Fair. Each month we'll report on our progress.
Completion of our High Tunnel was a race to the finish that culminated with our fabulous Fire Feast on the Farm. Among other milestones achieved in our buildings and grounds over the summer: major progress on our Community Gardens and installation of water and electricity.
In the 210th birthday month of Pitney Farm founder Jonathan Pitney, we think it's fitting to mark the occasion with a tribute to our Founding Patrons -- those who have contributed at least $2500 toward PMCF's launch. We're hosting this special event to say thanks and to show the remarkable progress we've made in our first full year of operation.
An exhibit of photos chronicling the history of Pitney Farm will be on display Saturday, Sept. 16th in our newly restored gathering barn adjacent to the Community Gardens. On display between 2 and 4 p.m. will be photographs of the farm taken over the years by Saratoga Springs photographer Tom Stock as well as 25 young artists who have taken art classes in the Community Gardens this summer.
How to pack a nutritious lunch for your child is a perennial challenge all parents face. With kids now back in school, Pitney Meadows Community Gardens is here to help, offering a program this Thursday, Sept. 14 that will equip parents with quick, healthy, kid friendly recipes inspired by fresh foods from the garden.
From the start of construction of our Community Gardens in June through our Fire Feast on the Farm in August, the summer of 2017 was a time of remarkable commitment, hard work, and, in the end, celebration.
Blessed by perfect weather, the first Fire Feast on the Farm was PMCF's most successful fundraiser yet, as 300 guests convened beneath our new high tunnel to enjoy a multi-course dinner prepared by "pit crews" led by nationally renowned chefs and bartenders.
Thanks to an extraordinary team of volunteers, we’ve completed our new high tunnel just in time for Fire Feast on the Farm. The sumptuous multi-course dinner prepared by six of the nation’s top farm-to-table chefs will be Pitney Meadows' largest fundraising event of the year.
At least five nationally and internationally renowned farm-to-table chefs will be featured at a "fire feast" PMCF will host Tuesday, August 1. The focus of the multi-course dinner will be five live-fire pits, each of which will be directed by a celebrated guest chef. Favorite local musicians will provide entertainment.
The deadline for applying for one of 55 plots Pitney Meadows will offer in its first year of operation is June 6. Garden Director Natalie Walsh will discuss details at a public meeting, Wednesday, May 31 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library.
Their action clears the way for PMCF to proceed with building 35 raised beds for the Community Garden at Pitney Meadows and a high tunnel large enough to serve as an event space for as many as 300 people and grow some crops for production for the farm and events.
Responding to Americans' increasing preference for healthy, locally grown foods, developers are bringing the farm closer to consumers’ tables in urban, rural, and suburban spaces, Realtor Magazine reports. Home buyers increasingly want to live near farms and community gardens, putting Pitney Meadows at the head of a trend.
Might Pitney Meadows someday be the site of an agriculture campus for high school students? That was one of 17 suggestions made in the "Schools Connection" breakout sessions at the March 5th Pitney Meadows public forum. The consensus: Pitney Meadows can be a resource not only in farming and agriculture, but in sustainability generally
Teachers at area schools are keenly interested in a range of educational initiatives on which Pitney Meadows might embark, a survey conducted by a team of Skidmore College students has found. Environmental Studies and Sciences majors Sydney Randall, Sarah Hooghuis, and Jerry Lerman report their findings in a 100-page study that explores lessons Pitney Meadows can learn from ten other educational farms.
Suzanne Balet-Haight is the latest agricultural expert to join the Pitney Meadows Advisory Council. With her long experience in farming and business, she'll be "a great resource for us and the community,” said Sandy Arnold, Pitney Meadows president. “We’re delighted to have her on the team that’s envisioning and developing Pitney Meadows into a community farm.”
Andrew Shaw, an instructor at the Navy's Kesselring Site in West Milton, is the winner of the raffle for an 8x4-foot plot in the soon-to-be-launched community gardens that Pitney Meadows will offer Saratogians. He's all set to go, equipped by a friend with sprouts for corn, green beans, tomatoes, and spinach. “I love the vision for the farm as a place to bring the community together,” he says. “It looks like a great way to get involved.”
Farm-based education, internships, and research opportunities were just a few of the potential areas of intersection discussed in breakout sessions at last month's Pitney Meadows' public forum.
Like a lot of great ideas, the Saratoga Greenbelt Trail (SGT) started with a sketch on the back of a napkin, says Douglas Meyer. "It's no longer a matter of generating support for the concept, but a question of how quickly we complete it." Someday, the trail will extend into Pitney Meadows, too.
The Saratoga Springs Planning Board has unanimously affirmed a key zoning change that will enable Pitney Meadows to move ahead toward its goal of becoming a major center for sustainable farming, education, and the training of farmers in advanced, small-scale techniques. A potential vote for the proposed “planned unit development,” or PUD, could come at the City Council's April 18th meeting.
Of the ten breakout sessions in which participants at the March 5 Public Forum discussed the development of Pitney Meadows, the discussion about community gardens was the best attended.
In ten breakout sessions at Sunday's public forum, more than 100 members of the community joined the Pitney Farm volunteer team in planning the future of the Pitney Farm. Among the areas in which they brainstormed ideas: community gardens, school connections, trails development, building renovations, programs for children, and animals on the land.
Two months after acquiring the historic Pitney Farm, Pitney Meadows Community Farm, Inc. (PMCF) is inviting the community to a public forum on the development of the 166-acre property, the last farm operating in the city of Saratoga Springs.
Pitney Meadows Community Farm is $100,000 closer to its $3.1 million phase-one goal, thanks to a grant announced today by the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. The county appropriated the funds in 2015 when Saratoga PLAN was developing the project. Since Saratoga PLAN handed off the project to PMCF last summer, an amended application needed to be submitted and approved by the county’s Board of Supervisors. That process is now complete.
After 154 years, the Pitney Farm has a new owner, following its purchase from the Pitney family by Pitney Meadows Community Farm, Inc. (PMCF), the new 501c3 non-profit organization that will guide the farm into its community- and education-focused future. The celebration took place as dozens of supporters and public officials gathered at the farm for hot cider, cookies, short speeches, and a group photo in front of the farm’s iconic barn and silo.
It’s official. The 166-acre Pitney Farm in Saratoga Springs will be preserved in perpetuity for “agricultural, forestry, wildlife habitat, water resource protection, educational and other open space purposes.” That’s how the conservation easement approved last night by the Saratoga Springs City Council is worded.
Reaching a major milestone in the five-year effort to ensure that the Pitney Farm in Saratoga Springs is preserved as a community-supported urban farm and agricultural resource center, the non-profit organization established to develop the project has finalized a contract of sale with the Pitney family.
Volunteers spearheading the preservation of the Pitney Farm are hosting a "Harvest for the Future" barbecue Sunday, Oct. 2, as a fund-raiser. Catered by Salt & Char and Kim Klopstock's Lily & the Rose Catering, the dinner will offer live entertainment by 2013 Oscar-contending vocalist Donna Britton and, as guest speaker, conservationist Jerry Cosgrove and local historian Field Horne.