The Greenhouse at Stony Kill Farm was built with the intention of using it as an education tool. Each year, students from the New York City school system visit Stony Kill Farm to learn about where their water and food come from by participating in a program called Operation Explore. Learning about the life cycle of a plant is a module that takes place in the Greenhouse. The students have the opportunity to touch and, in some instances, taste what is being grown in the Greenhouse.
Local school and scout groups are also able to visit the Greenhouse as part of a field trip to Stony Kill Farm.
Each spring, the Stony Kill Foundation, Inc. sponsors a Plant Sale. Visitors can purchase vegetables and herbs that have been grown in the Greenhouse over the winter. There is also an opportunity to purchase houseplants that were started as seedlings in the Greenhouse. All proceeds from the sales are used to support the Greenhouse.
Caretakers: A volunteer group, working as a committee (the Greenhouse Committee) of the Stony Kill Foundation, Inc., works at their leisure in the Greenhouse year-round. These volunteers are very busy planting, watering, weeding, pinching, and cutting. The tasks are not difficult, and arrangements will be made for you to shadow an experienced member of the Greenhouse Committee to learn how things are done. If you are interested in volunteering to work in the Greenhouse download and complete a Volunteer Application. Once the completed application is received, someone will be in touch with you. We look forward to hearing from you!