Spring is coming and registration has begun for plots in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens, Gardeners are invited to apply for beds in 3 different sizes, ranging from a 4x8 raised bed to inground plots as large as 11 x 19. The number of existing beds is limited but could be expanded if there is strong interest. Gardeners in good standing may keep their plots from year to year.
The spring planting season in Saratoga Springs won’t begin until April or May, but volunteers already are preparing for the second year at Pitney Meadows Community Farm. Set for Saturday, February 10 from noon to 8 p.m. at Artisanal Brew Works, 41 Geyser Road, the Pitney Meadows Winter Social is an off-season opportunity to connect with volunteers who are driving the project and to learn what’s in store for 2018. A “Toast to Year Two” will be offered at 4 p.m.
In some ways, our final event of the year was the best of all. Maybe it's because Santa was there. Or maybe it was snow falling on the horse-drawn wagons. Whatever that magic was, our Holiday Ornament Festival was another wonderful community celebration on the farm.
The 50 plots in our Community Gardens are "tucked in and ready for winter,” says Garden Director Natalie Walsh, looking back with satisfaction on a remarkable first year. “We didn’t just build the gardens. We built a community," she says.
A grim forecast gave way to brilliant sunshine just as hundreds of parents and children started to arrive for our first Family Fun Day. For many, it was their first opportunity to see all the changes that have been made to the property since we acquired it last December.
Something magical is in the air at Pitney Meadows Community Gardens. With the help of Saratoga Springs Girl Scout Troop 3444, fairy houses have sprung up, bringing to the garden a sense of wonder and fable.
Saratoga Springs Public Library recently announced its aim to be among the first libraries in the state to achieve Sustainable Library Certification, a new program established by the New York Library Association (NYLA) to encourage libraries to think more sustainably in facilities, operations, policy, technology, programming, and partnerships. A group from SSPL recently volunteered at the farm as part of that effort.
Join us for a day of family fall fun! From 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 8th, we'll be bringing the community together to enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, games, tours of our Community Gardens and new high tunnel, and healthy snacks and refreshments. Learn more about Pitney Meadows and our vision for the future!
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.
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.
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.
Volunteers are making rapid progress in building a massive greenhouse that on Tuesday, August 1 will be the site of the Fire Feast on the Farm.
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.
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.
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.