Help us make a difference with our last campaign of the year!
It’s been another fantastic year for Sylvester Manor Educational Farm and we are so fortunate to have you in our midst – as a friend, donor, volunteer, visitor, member, patron or family member. As 2019 comes to a close, we take a moment to reflect on the impact we’ve had with our Shelter Island community and beyond.
This past year, we:
1. Hosted a group of university staff and graduate students from the University of Massachusetts Boston on an archaeological dig in the garden area. Visitors were welcomed and encouraged to observe the dig while it was in progress. Come see what they found when our 2020 Exhibit opens in the spring!
2. Cleared another 10 acres behind the Windmill Field and started to implement a plan to double production over the next two years. We invested in new machinery, robust cover cropping and new personnel, laying the groundwork to grow even more farm fresh produce - including vegetables, fruit and livestock - in 2020.
3. Raised $165,000 toward the restoration of our 1810 Dominy Windmill project! New footings were secured, the windmill was lowered onto it’s new foundation, the entire structure was re-shingled, deterioration was repaired throughout the façade, new trim, windows and doors were painted, and the timber was purchased for our windshaft. Much more to come in 2020!
4. Embarked on a one-year Master Plan project with the firm Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, which will provide us with a framework to analyze Sylvester Manor’s history and heritage, to assess its current condition and needs, and to create and innovate a vision for the future. The Master Plan will be the blueprint for a resilient Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, prepared to sustain itself and its community through the 21st Century.
These things cannot be accomplished without donors like you. It is your last chance in this DECADE to positively impact Sylvester Manor. With your help, a gift of any size can make an even bigger difference for next year’s offerings.
If you have not yet made your unrestricted contribution, we hope you will consider making your tax-deductible gift today and enable another amazing year of progress at Sylvester Manor. Want to DOUBLE your impact? Ask your employer if they participate in matching gifts.
From all of us at Sylvester Manor, our deepest thanks!
P.S. – If you have not yet caught our Year End Appeal Video, CLICK HERE!