Sylvester Manor's Annual Fund
Shopping Local at The Gatehouse
Trail Work Day - 11 /5
Appreciation at 63rd Annual Tea & Tree - 12/10
Notes From the Farm 
Save the Date: Farm to Table Dinner - 6/24/17
Coming Attractions
Make YOUR Impact with a Year-End Gift 
to Sylvester Manor's Annual Fund
Photo credit: Eleanor P. Labrozzi

What a year this has been with so much to be thankful for!  We at Sylvester Manor thank YOU, our community and friends, for your generous support of our hard work this year. Your gifts, big and small, have DIRECTLY helped us grow and improve our educational farm. These donations are so critical to our everyday operations, and because we are a relatively young and small operation, your gift has an impact that might not be felt in larger organizations. 

We remain dedicated to preserving our historic Manor House and barns, cultivating and improving our gardens and farmland, and importantly, sharing the bounty with your, our neighbors and friends as well as other members of the Shelter Island community, such as the school and Senior Services meal program. These things cannot be accomplished without donors like you. 

Your generosity allows us to bring life to the this land that has been cherished for generations, so that it may be enjoyed for many generations more.

If you have not yet made your unrestricted contribution, we hope you will consider making your tax-deductible gift today and enable another fantastic year of progress at Sylvester Manor. Want to DOUBLE your impact? Ask your employer if they participate in matching gifts.

Your donation is gratefully accepted on our website or via check made payable and sent to Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, PO Box 2029, Shelter Island, NY 11964. 

From all of us at Sylvester Manor, our deepest thanks!

Gifts from The Gatehouse keep on giving . . .
Each purchase supports Sylvester Manor Educational Farm
The Gatehouse will be open through Thanksgiving weekend, offering a wide array of locally produced home goods, food items and farm-to-cottage finds.

It's not too early to get a jump start on your holiday shopping, and you're sure to discover something for everyone on your list at The Gatehouse, whether you're looking for a Thanksgiving hostess gift or unique presents for family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. 

A variety of events and specials are scheduled throughout the month, like wreath making with Sarah Shepherd on November 12. Also, remember that The Gatehouse is a Visitor Center, too. We look forward to answering your questions about Sylvester Manor. 

Fridays 12-6pm
Saturdays 10am-6pm
Sundays 10am-4pm

corner of Manwaring Road & Route 114

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Trail Work Day
Saturday, November 5   11am-1pm

Photo credit: Joe Denny

All welcome! The ongoing Trail Work Day project is in collaboration with a local group of dedicated trail keepers. Meet at the Manor on Saturday, November 5 at 11am.

While some tools will be provided, bringing your own when possible is helpful -- tools like clippers, pruners, loppers, leaf rakes, steel rakes, and hand saws.

You will be best prepared if you:

     - dress in comfortable work clothes and shoes.
     - bring water, a hat, and sunscreen.
     - wear work gloves.
Please be aware of tick pressure.

RSVP to or call Joe at 631-603-8105 to locate the group on 11/5.      
Stay tuned for information on our opening day.      

Become a Member & Join Us for a Holiday Tradition 
63rd Annual Tea & Tree - December 10 
When you become a member or make a donation to Sylvester Manor Educational Farm by December 1, you'll receive an invitation to the 63rd Annual Tea & Tree,  a cheerful celebration where we express our gratitude to the Manor's loyal patrons and volunteers.

Inspired by traditions begun by Alice and Andrew Fiske, this Yuletide occasion includes traditional tea service and delicious holiday treats paired with music from Lisa Shaw, Tom Hashagen and Holiday Jam. For more information, contact us at
Prescribed Mowing: Excellent Results in 2016

Working with Natural Resource Conservation Service and Suffolk County Soil and Water, Sylvester Manor Educational Farm developed an intensive mowing schedule for the 2016 growing season to control non-native invasive plants in our pastures. Our backfields are nearly 80 acres of open space, so mowing is no small task.

Many non-native invasives are broad leaves, which are negatively affected by frequent mowing, and many of our desired pasture plants are grasses or clovers with lower growth points, so they easily bounce back from mowing.  

We carefully monitor different species growth since once plants start to flower, they are most susceptible to mowing. Prescribed mowing is a dance between observation, knowing your plants, and mowing at the most optimum time.  We decided to put in the work now to improve our pastures and build toward optimum farmland health in the future.  

Backfields: Fall Updates

Fall Mixture Planted
We seeded our largest backfield (25 acres) with a mix of winter rye, perennial ryegrass, crimson clover, and white clover. This combination of plants will protect the soil from erosion, add nitrogen back to the soil, can be a future field for grazing animals, or safely hold space as the future of the field is decided. The new, lush growth is encouraging as we slowly bring our pastures back to their full potential.

This particular field, cleared 4 years ago by then active community member, now Board Member Billy Johnston, was seeded a month before Glenn Waddington took this photo.

Paddock & Infrastructure Improvements
We are best utilizing our center 15 acre backfield with paddock fencing and infrastructure improvements completed in 2016. In 2015, we installed the exterior paddock fencing. In the spring of 2016, we installed a center aisle and six separate paddocks. This allows us to rotationally graze our animals, which grows healthy fields and animals.  
Our final improvement of 2016 is water (buried 4 feet down to ensure it is frost-free) and electric to the corner of our paddock. Infrastructure improvements, such as these, save money in labor for years to come.

Farmstand Finale

Photo credit: Eleanor P. Labrozzi

This Saturday, November 5, is the final day our Farmstand will be open this year. Be sure to
 stop by between 9am-1pm for end-of-the-year specials. Cash sales only.


Special notice: Watch for a message regarding the sale of Sylvester Manor lamb. 

Save the Date
We look forward to kicking off the Summer of 2017 with you at another unforgettable Farm to Table Dinner. Please mark your calendars now -- Saturday, June 24, 2017. Details to follow. 
Coming Attractions 
63rd Annual Tea & Tree
December 10, 1 to 3pm

Annual January Concert
January 14, 2017 
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