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IN THIS ISSUE
Clean Water Campaign
Farm Stand Credit Available
Friday Night Dialogues - 4/21
The Slocan Ramblers - 4/22
March Concert Memories
Volunteer Opportunities 
Summer Youth Program Enrollment 
Benefit: Farm to Table Dinner - 6/24
A Day on the Farm 
Meet Our Apprentices
Coming Attractions
Clean Water Project in High Gear!  
Photos by Scott Feierstein
 
L to R front row: Jennifer Perillo, Suffolk County Dept of Health, Division of Wastewater Management; Sara Gordon; Jo-Ann Robotti; Stony Brook NYS Center for Clean Water Technology students Max Grabinski and Samantha Roberts; faculty Roy Price.

L to R back row: Glynis Berry, Peconic Green Growth; Peder Larsen, Shelter Island Sand, Gravel & Contracting; Ed Bennett, Natural Systems Utilities Engineering; Peter Vielbig, board member.

THANK YOU to our wonderful supporters. Sylvester Manor Educational Farm is incredibly fortunate to have great friends, donors, supporters and community members who have gone above and beyond for us in the month of March. We are very excited about to be partnering with you to bring this proven nitrogen-reducing clean water technology to our region.
 
Your response to our fundraising call for action was tremendous. In 31 days, $65,705 was donated for a grand total of $487,430 raised for our Clean Water Project. The financial support received will directly impact our ability to be USING the system by mid-April.
 
Construction of the system progressed rapidly this past week, with extraordinary collaborative effort led by Shelter Island Sand, Gravel & Contracting's Peder Larsen and Natural Systems Utilities Engineering construction engineer Ed Bennett. They worked with the crew from Stony Brook's NYS Center for Clean Water Technology (CCWT) to install supplemental monitoring equipment for a Ph.D. student’s study of constructed wetlands alternative systems. 
 
As the very first such system to go in the ground in Suffolk County, the Manor's project is a unique opportunity for data collection by the County Department of Health Services and by Stony Brook's CCWT. Thank you again to all those who made this important nitrogen reduction project possible! A ribbon cutting (aka toilet flushing!) celebration will take place later this month, when Manor farmers, staff and visitors will begin to put new temporary restrooms, showers, laundry and kitchen facilities to good use. The new facilities are the first step toward restoration planning for the Manor house. We couldn't do any of this without you -- thank you!
 
IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO CONTRIBUTE! We are still in need of $44,570 to fully fund the project which, by moving staff and visitor impacts to temporary facilities, is the first step toward restoration of the historic Manor house. For a donation of $250 made by 9PM, SUNDAY, APRIL 16th, we will include your name on a plaque located at the site, honoring your support of this environmentally important project.


 

Want to know more about the Project? Visit www.sylvestermanor.org/clean-water-project
 
NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU GIVE, BE ASSURED THAT YOU HAVE OUR HEARTFELT GRATITUDE.

Farm Stand Credit Available 

Farm Stand Credit available! We have sold out of our traditional CSA shares, however you can still show your support by purchasing a Farm Stand Credit share. The cost is $500 and will entitle you to $550 credit for any food products at the farm stand.

Farm Stand Credit members will receive the weekly CSA Newsletter and are welcome to all social activities associated with the Sylvester Manor CSA but they may use their credit anytime the farm stand is open. (Subject to availability and expires at the end of the 2017 season).To sign up, click
here.

Photo by: Eleanor P. Labrozzi 
Friday Night Dialogues with Cara Loriz

Cara Loriz, Executive Director of the Organic Seed Alliance operating out of Port Townsend, WA, will be
giving a talk entitled “Seeding a Resilient Future for Food” as part of their Friday Night Dialogues series. 

 Friday Night Dialogues with Cara Loriz  
at the Shelter Island Library
Friday, April 21 at 7pm

Gardeners and would-be gardeners as well as concerned consumers are welcome to come and learn about how seeds and seed diversity play a vital role in the future of food. This presentation is in conjunction with the reopening of the Shelter Island Seed Library for its second year. The Seed Library is a cooperative endeavor between Sylvester Manor Educational Farm and the Shelter Island Public Library.

For more information, email us at info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631-477-0626.
April Concert: The Slocan Ramblers
The Slocan Ramblers
Two shows! 
Saturday, April 22 
6pm & 8pm
Sylvester Manor Living Room 
80 North Ferry Road

Admission: $25 
Limited seating available.

The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans (2015 Edmonton Folk Fest Emerging Artist Award recipients), have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.

Questions? Please email info@sylvestermanor.org or call 631-477-0626.
March Concert Memories: Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman 
What a wonderful turnout for the March Concert on St. Patrick's Day! Incredibly talented Celtic duo Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman shared originals written by McNally along with a wide and well-received selection of traditional melodies. After receiving a standing ovation, the musicians further delighted the audience with an encore that included Neil demonstrating Celtic dance while Katie played the fiddle.

Visit our website for a calendar of upcoming performances in our Year-Round Concert Series.
Volunteer with Us!

We are always looking for help on our organization-wide volunteer force for special events both on the farm and elsewhere on the Manor grounds. If you’re interested in lending a hand during the 2017 season, please click here to add you name to our 2017 Master Volunteer List, and we'll be in touch. 

Be sure to mark your calendar for our first event, Spring Grounds Clean-up and Transplanting Onions in the Windmill Field on Saturday, April 22.

Photo by: Eleanor P. Labrozzi 

Summer of Discovery: Sylvester Manor Youth Porgrams

Space is limited for our two discovery-filled Summer Youth Programs -- Little Sprouts (ages 3 and 4) and Young Farmers (ages 5-7). 

Children will plant and harvest vegetables, prepare and cook dishes using the produce they have grown, feed and care for the various livestock kept on the Manor property, engage in daily art, music, and yoga activities, and learn about the environment and history of Sylvester Manor.

Youth Programs run July 3 - August 19 from 9am-12 noon. Click here to learn more and register today.  If you have any questions, please contact Program Director Caroline Scudder at
cscudder@sylvestermanor.org.

Photo by: Eleanor P. Labrozzi 

Sixth Annual Farm to Table Dinner Excitement Grows
Don't miss the fabulous food, fun, music, and friendship at our Sixth Annual Farm to Table Dinner on June 24. Festivities will begin at 6:30pm. 

Tickets for this highly anticipated event will sell quickly. To  be placed on our pre-sale list and reserve your table early, please contact Courtney Wingate at cwingate@sylvestermanor.org
 
Photo by: Eleanor P. Labrozzi 
A Day on the Farm

It’s not every day you can get dirty at work…even if you DO work on a Farm. On March 16, the office staff at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm were invited to participate in the first seeding of the year.
 
New to all of this, I traded in my heels for jeans and a ponytail, dressed in five layers, three sets of socks and the warmest hat and gloves I could find (that I didn’t mind getting dirty). It was a high of 23 degrees that day…so of course on my way into work I was re-thinking my decision to be away from my desk. It was cold, and with the wind, even colder. Wasn’t the ground going to be frozen? Admittedly, farming… or even gardening, for that matter, is not my forte. BUT, I was determined to learn something new...and boy, did I!
 
For one, I was down to two layers within minutes and comfortably warm in the greenhouse.  We learned the difference between soil and dirt, how this efficient tool called a ‘soil blocker’ works to create the same effect as a planter, but better and with more oxygen for the roots, how delicate the teeny tiny seeds are, and how much is TOO much soil covering. We watched as Jocelyn Craig, the Windmill Field Manager, mixed the soil to perfect saturation to create our flats. We planted cherry tomatoes, onions, leeks, and a variety of flowers…all strategically selected for specific areas of the field. It was hard work with those itty-bitty seeds, but an absolute blast!
 
After all was said-and-done, we had seeded about five 6ft tables worth of flats in a few short hours.  Talk about an amazing team we have here. We sang to the radio, shared stories, got dirty, learned fascinating things about soil, laughed and are already planning the next time we can all get back out to the greenhouse!
 
BIG thanks to Jocelyn Craig for a memorable morning on the Farm. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn a different area of operations and genuinely inspired by what I took away from the day. It has given me an entirely new appreciation of my co-workers on the Farm and reinforced how each-and-every one of us contribute to our overall success in different ways.
 
And as a bonus, I got to hold a chicken for the first time.  I mean...there IS a first for everything!!

 

Till next time…
Courtney Wingate, Director of Development

Meet Our Apprentices

We're excited to introduce you to our new farm apprentices. Welcome, Britnee and James!

Brittnee Bauman
Brittnee is originally from southern Missouri, where she grew up connected to the land and her own food supply through her family's large garden. She began working in farm-to-table restaurants in St. Louis while in college earning her BS in Business. Unable to leave behind working with her hands and the satisfaction of feeding people, she stayed in restaurants even after earning her degree, working in establishments with close relations to their farmers. In 2016 she moved to Portland, Maine where the many nearby organic farms expanded her interest in farming and sustainability. She is looking forward to learning all she can this season and is excited to be a part of the Sylvester Manor community.

James Gilbert
James graduated from Naugatuck Valley Community College in December 2016 with an Associates Degree in Horticulture.  He worked at a native plant nursery this past year near his hometown in southern CT.  A permaculture design course has inspired James to pursue agriculture as a full-time livelihood.  This year will hopefully be the first of many seasons working in the world of agriculture for James; he is motivated to farm in a way that nourishes ecology and human culture so that the world agricultural system can shift further towards regenerating landscapes and human communities.

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