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BROOK FARM PROJECT AT PHILLIES BRIDGE SISTER FARM

December 30, 2014

BROOK FARM PROJECT PROGRAM at PHILLIES BRIDGE FARM PROJECT

GRANT FROM OPEN SPACE INSTITUTE SUPPORTS BROOK FARM PROJECT

New Paltz, NY, 12/11/14. Brook Farm Project (BFP) and Phillies Bridge Farm Project (PBFP) are pleased to announce that, as of early summer of this year, they have worked together to provide farm-based education at Phillies Bridge Farm, with funding from the Open Space Institute for teaching and research for students and faculty at SUNY- New Paltz.

The education project was initiated in the 2014 Fall semester thanks to the support of a grant from the Open Space Institute in support of Brook Farm Project. The university-level program and offerings are both a transfer and expansion of the strong university-farm relationship and program that existed at Brook Farm Project from 2008 to 2013. PBFP also had a research and independent-study relationship with the university’s School of Education in 2007.

Brook Farm Project’s educational mission is to offer a site for field trips, tours and other activities that promote the teaching of sustainable agriculture. The focus is on the ecological, agronomic, social and economic impacts of sustainable agricultural practices, while educating the public and SUNY-New Paltz classes about the value of local food systems and environmentally sound farming practices. Now this educational mission is continuing at Phillies Bridge Farm.

During the Fall 2014 semester, classes in Environmental Sociology, American Literature, Creative Writing, People-Environment Relations, and Strategic Corporate Responsibility have met for on-farm instruction, tours, and discussion.

Comments from professors and students include: “This was an outstanding learning experience for my students…. it was a profound consciousness raising experience for them to see first hand where their food comes from and the work that lies behind it.” — Sociology Professor Brian Obach

A student in an American Literature class wrote: “This experience opened my eyes to what Thoreau could have witnessed during two years and two months of living in isolation. It was very peaceful at Phillies Bridge. It gave me the opportunity to explore nature and the beauty within it.” — Rachel Bell

Students in the graduate MBA course in Strategic Corporate Responsibility engaged in a major research project to determine viable economic models and strategies for CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms, which are a burgeoning enterprise in the Hudson Valley. They reported their findings in a class presentation to the Board of Directors of Phillies Bridge Farm Project.

According to Professor Michael Sheridan, “My students’ understanding of the farm’s operations, its history and its current situation did not fully crystallize until they were able to walk in the fields and talk with (Farmer) Anne….For example, we had discussed the CSA model at least two times in the classroom, but until they were able to observe the shareholders arriving for their weekly pickup, the idea remained foreign to many of them.” He added, “This is but one example of how the visit made their project real and…. increased their enthusiasm immensely. Almost every student in this class has told me how much they have enjoyed the course because it deals with the real world.”

Further, two service groups of SUNY-New Paltz students spent full Saturdays learning and working at PBFP, said Sally Vasse, President of the PBFP Board of Directors. “First 20 students came on “Make A Difference Day” to help with end-of-season tasks, cleaning barns, and repairing roads.” She also noted, “The “Saturdays for Service” group of 15 students focused on this year’s theme of sustainable agriculture, and spent a day breaking down gardens and learning about, making, and spreading compost on the fields to prepare for spring.”

The “Brook Farm at Phillies Bridge Farm” program for SUNY-New Paltz will continue during the University’s Spring term, 2015.

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Contact:

Sarah Underhill, Secretary

Board Member, Brook Farm Project

845 546 3456

underhval@hvi.net

Sally Vasse, President

Phillies Bridge Farm Project

45 Phillies Bridge Farm

Nw Paltz NY 12561

845 255-1145

vassesw@gmail.com

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