This year, Pitney Meadows Community Farm is celebrating the completion of an exciting organizational Phase I, thanks to the energy of our volunteers and the generosity of our donors.
With that generous donor and volunteer support, we’ve accomplished incredible things over the past few years. We’ve:
- launched and expanded the Community Gardens with the installation of 50 beds plus a well and irrigation system;
- transformed the old slaughterhouse into a rustic “gathering barn”;
- renovated the tool shed that supports the Community Gardens;
- constructed a High Tunnel as a remarkable all-season event space; and
- installed city water, natural gas, a sewer system and a 400-amp electrical system;
We also hosted a series of events that introduced the Farm to the community in engaging and noteworthy ways. These included the Fire Feast on the Farm, the Pitney Meadows Art Exhibit and Sunflower-Growing Contest, Family Fun Day, and the Holiday Ornament Festival. All were so successful they seem destined to become annual traditions.
As we transition to Phase II, we are now placing a greater focus on organization and strategy. We are finishing up on our six-month strategic planning process to guide PMCF for the next 3-5 years and have conducted surveys, outreach and farm visits across the Northeast to explore appropriate models and ideas for the farm. We have also engaged local agricultural leaders and experts to help advise our farming operation through a new Agricultural Advisory Committee.
This year also marks a key milestone in our organization’s growth as we bring on important staff, including two part-time interim directors.
We are thrilled to introduce Ken Kleinpeter and Fran Moore. Ken will join our team as Farm Director. He will coordinate and lead PMCF’s various agriculture and program initiatives. Ken has a long management career in non-profit and for-profit agricultural organizations, including Manager of Old Chatham Sheepherding Company and most recently as Vice President of Operations at Glynwood, a mission-driven agricultural organization in the Hudson Valley.
Fran Moore will join the team as our Director of Organizational Development. As a retired marketing and sales executive with leadership positions at multinational companies, she has start-up non-profit experience, organizational expertise and a focus on fundraising and development. As a local Saratogian, she is also a very active volunteer at the Church of St. Peter.
Pitney Meadows Community Farm wishes to profoundly thank our outgoing Founding Board Members, Sandy and Paul Arnold for their vision and leadership, and we look forward to their continued involvement and support. Paul and Sandy are nationally respected sustainable farmers and experienced entrepreneurs, and we’ll continue to benefit from their experience and knowledge as we develop the farm. We also want to recognize the dedicated service of two other outgoing Board members: Dan Forbush and Jesse George. These committed team members have been instrumental to our success, and we are excited that they will continue to volunteer with us as they rotate off the Board.
With thanks to all for your support,
Chair, Board of Directors