Youth Program Enrollment Opens - 2/1
Meet Caroline Scudder, Youth Program Coordinator
January Concert Spotlight
Program: Black History Month - 2/26
Concert: Katie McNally & Neil Pearlman - 3/17
Benefit: Farm to Table Dinner - 6/24
Notes From the Farm 
Snowmobile Notice 
Coming Attractions
Summer Youth Program Registration Opens February 1
Planning for 2017 Summer Youth Programs is underway, and there will be many adventures in store. A number of instructors from last year will return this season. We can’t wait to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones!

Imaginarium has been renamed Little Sprouts to reflect the hands-on nature of children's day-to-day activities. Young Farmers will take full advantage of the on-site cooking facilities that will be available. 
We are very excited that the new Sylvester Manor website will allow families to enroll and pay online. 
Please contact Youth Program Director Caroline Scudder at if you have any questions.
Photos by: Eleanor P. Labrozzi 
Youth Program Director Extremely Excited to Return 
We are thrilled to announce that Caroline Scudder will return as Sylvester Manor Educational Farm's Youth Program Director this summer. She is an educator with over 25 years of experience who currently teaches social studies to 11th and 12th graders in Mamaroneck, NY. 

Caroline is extremely excited about coming back to Sylvester Manor and considers spending her summer with young children to be a joyful reset. "It might sound cliché, but seeing the farm through the eyes of a four-year-old really is magical," she said. "Sylvester Manor is a very special place, and we try hard to instill that in our children through daily experiences that range from feeding the chickens and collecting eggs to practicing yoga."
2017 Concert Series Kick-Off a Rousing Success

The 2017 Concert Series kicked off on January 14 with the incredible sounds of The Lonely Heartstring Band. The Brooklyn-based, all-string quintet performed for a full house and blew the roof off the Shelter Island School auditorium with a mix of original music, recent covers, and old-time American classics. The toe-tapping evening of great entertainment included Tom & Lisa and friends opening for The Lonely Heartstring band.

Be sure to join us for
the next concert in the series when Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman perform at Shelter Island Presbyterian Church on March 17.

Photo by Scott Feierstein

3rd Annual Black History Month Event Set 
At Our Table: Sharing Diversity, Traditions and Culture through Food

Sylvester Manor Educational Farm and Eastville Community Historical Society have partnered to host their 3rd annual Black History Month event.

At Our Table: Sharing Diversity, Traditions and Culture through Food
Sunday, February 26 
Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor 

Guest panelists will include:
Diane Fish
Colonial Food Historian 
Bennett Konesni
Founder, Sylvester Manor Educational Farm
 Josephine Smith
Member, Shinnecock Nation 
Representatives from OLA
(Organización Latino-Americano)

Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, Executive Director of ECHS, will moderate their discussion of cultural food traditions and how they have been influenced by the diversity of Long Island.

Afterward, a reception will offer a sampling of cultural dishes.

$15 At the door: $20

Questions? Please contact us at 631-749-0626 or

Katie McNally and Neal Pearlman to Perform on March 17
Sylvester Manor's Concert Series continues with a high energy show from a dynamic musical couple.

Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman
Friday, March 17 at 7:30pm 
Shelter Island Presbyterian Church
32 N. Ferry Road

Fiddler Katie McNally and pianist Neil Pearlman have been making waves internationally with their fresh approaches to traditional forms. Praised as "the new face of Scottish fiddling in America"and "a tremendous pianist,"** the duo is sure to deliver a not-to-be-missed performance on Shelter Island.
Admission: $25. Limited number of seats available.

Questions? Email or call 631-477-0626. 
* Living Tradition
* *  BBC Radio Scotland
Save the Date for 6th Annual Sylvester Manor Benefit

We look forward to spending another unforgettable night enjoying fantastic food, libations, music, and dancing with friends of Sylvester Manor. Farm to Table Dinner proceeds directly support our mission to invite new thought about the importance of food, culture and place in our daily lives.

Please save the date and stay tuned for more details!
Grow with Us! Farm Apprenticeship Positions Available
Sylvester Manor Educational Farm has two Farm Apprenticeship positions available for the upcoming season. Learn about the opportunity here and apply by February 15. Please email us if you need more information or have any questions.
Photos by: Eleanor P. Labrozzi 
2017 CSA Enrollment Underway
Since 2009, Sylvester Manor Educational Farm's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has expanded from 25 founding member families to over 120 families. Weekly distribution is "market-style" at the Farm on Manwaring Road. Members fill their bag with noted amounts of fresh produce and also enjoy pick-your-own offerings such as flowers, peas, beans, cherry tomatoes and blackberries when available.
If you were not a member of the CSA in 2016 and would like to be this year, click here to add your name to the inquiries list. If there is an opening available, you will receive a notification. 
Please refer to our CSA Handbook for more details. If you have any questions, contact Windmill Field Manager Jocelyn Craig at
Photo by: Eleanor P. Labrozzi 
Red Star Hens for Sale 
Sylvester Manor Educational Farm is making way for this spring's new, young chicken flock and will be selling 2-year-old laying hens on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Red Star Hens
  • Health: Excellent Health
  • Previous Habitat: Free range, on pasture in spring and summer
  • Production: 4-5 eggs per week, lay year round
  • Tolerance: Heat and cold tolerant, very hardy
  • Curious and gentle
These hens would make a superb addition to a backyard chicken flock. They are excellent layers and foragers, and would also make great soup birds.
We will offer 40 hens for sale at $6 each. For more information, please contact Livestock and Resource Manager Andrew Porzio at
Photos by: Eleanor P. Labrozzi

Snowmobile Notice 

Due to the installation of high tension wire fencing in the Manor's pasture lands that border Cobbetts Lane, Manhanset Road and the Windmill Field, snowmobiling, use of ATVs, and hiking on these grounds is now prohibited.

Use of any type of vehicles in these areas, as well as unsupervised hiking, is extremely hazardous.

Coming Attractions 
 Youth Program Registration Opens Online
February 1 

Black History Month Program
February 26

Katie McNally and Neal Pearlman Concert
March 17

Farm to Table Dinner
June 24
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