Your Thanks: Retreat Farm
Editor of the Reformer,
Thank you for a great season!
From performances to food trucks, to time in the barn and on the trails, we're so honored that you chose to spend time at Retreat Farm this year.
We're working hard to provide a place for you to enjoy. Whether it's quality time with your family and friends, engaging with kid goats or restorative time hiking or paddling — the events and experiences that we offer are designed to connect you to the land and your neighbors.
Thank you for welcoming Retreat Farm as a part of your family.
Even if you spent a lot of time here this summer, there's more to Retreat Farm than meets the eye.
Some people think that we are part of the Brattleboro Retreat or the Windham Foundation, but in fact, Retreat Farm is an entirely new independent organization founded in 2016. We received a start-up grant to set the stage for our education and community programs but are now entirely dependent on our members and supporters.
Retreat Farm does a lot of different things to strengthen our community. Our Children's Farm and Forest provides fun and educational experiences for kids of all ages, school groups, camps, and families, with a barn full of sweet and hard-working animals, a playroom, a forest playground, and children's garden.
Retreat Farm is also the steward of two recreational and natural gems — the 9-plus mile Retreat Trail network and the Retreat Meadows. We are striving to care for these special places and support the many recreational activities you enjoy on them. We provide free maps at kiosks around the property and are working on replacing the trail signs soon.
In addition to the 30 acre "home farm," Retreat Farm also owns 500 acres of farmland and woodlands around Upper Dummerston Road and Hillwinds Road. The Miller Dairy Farm has converted the fields to organic hay to supply their dairy herd and our farm animals. Our long-term goal is to care for all these lands using regenerative practices to enhance soil health and maximize carbon sequestration.
And let's not forget the barns! With nine huge historic barns, we have lots of potential to be fulfilled. For now, we are focusing on raising funds to restore our largest barn, the North Barn, into a community gathering place that can keep the magic of Retreat Farm events happening indoors.
Retreat Farm is here for you for everything from quiet hikes and restorative time with animals to dining and dancing under the stars.
Together we are building a vibrant place for the community, and we are so glad you are a part of it!
We have some exciting winter events planned and look forward to seeing you at the Farm again soon.
Lindsay Fahey, chief operating officer
Brattleboro, Oct. 24
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