Big changes are underway at the farm. We’ve welcomed three new Trustees to our board, a new assistant farm manager who will be in charge of our new vegetable garden and purchased new equipment to help us manage the farm more efficiently. The pruning of the apple and peach orchards is complete, snap peas are in the ground and we’re excited about our new pollinator meadow to support the expanded bee hives that were so productive last year. We’re increasing the cultivated area of the farm by almost twenty percent. We’ve already held two sustainability merit badge programs for the Boy Scouts, and we have three (maybe four) Boy Scouts’ and Girl Scouts’ Eagle and Gold projects underway or in the planning stage. This year we will be offering a Nature Retreat for Little Scouts, a weekly nature camp for boys and girls to attain their badges and learn more about nature with our naturalist educator, Rachel McGovern. (To register for the nature retreat for scouts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Our DIG/SOW/GROW program welcomes Teen Challenge and ARC of Hunterdon County to help plant, maintain and harvest their own healing gardens. Teen Challenge is a residential care facility in Lebanon that helps young men and adults who struggle with substance abuse. Their kitchen staff is planning what to grow for their own table and will soon be planting the seeds–a new experience for a many of the residents who come from the city. ARC works with those individuals who have disabilities, and we are proud partners with these two organizations. Valley Crest is also a charter organization of Boy Scout Troop 191 from Bethlehem Township. Scouting is an important part of our programs and we welcome more scouts to take advantage of the farm’s excellent campground. This beautiful rustic area also has tent platforms and a fire ring for campfires. Please email email@example.com for bookings.
Look for our promotion of nature-based birthday parties with our naturalist, Rachel McGovern, along with adult cooking programs and more at Valley Crest! Happy spring!