Dear Members and Friends,
With a New Year upon us, it’s hard to believe The Stony Kill Foundation has managed The Stony Kill Farm and Environmental Education Center for eight years. During the early years, the Foundation struggled in its new role. Finally, in 2015 the Foundation began to prosper and grow thanks to the dedication of the staff and a devoted volunteer base. In 2018, you gave us The Best Year yet thanks to your generous support and through an increase in our educational programming.
You made the difference! In 2018, the Foundation responded by replacing the pasture fence along Rte. 9D. Our farm committee increased the number and the diversity of livestock on the farm. Our educational programs have increased and attendance at our summer camps tripled this year. The seasonal festivals have added attractions and activities as well as great food choices all adding to more family fun! A larger and more powerful tractor was purchased to help us become more self-sufficient by allowing us to hay our fields and cultivate land for farming and gardening. Also, a new 4-H Club, Stony Ground, was recently formed under the leadership of Vice President Tim Stanley, Program Director Stacey Adnams and Sember Weinman of Common Ground Farm.
In 2018, the Board and staff at Stony Kill are thankful for your commitment in supporting our mission with your time, talent and generous donations of financial support. We, The Board, realize that we have a fiscal responsibility to you and the community and have recently completed a Strategic Plan with a generous grant from the Dyson Foundation and the guidance of the NY Council of Not-for-Profits (NYCON). The plan is a roadmap to ensure fiscal well-being through donations, fund development and resource management.
Although this might be considered a banner year by some, it did create some setbacks. On May 15, The Center was hit with a Macro burst which caused many tree blow downs and closed our trails. Only the Muller Pond Trail is presently open. The Verplanck Tenant Farm House, which is on the National Historic List, was damaged and will need a new roof. So, as you can see, your support is needed in the coming year.
Together we can make 2019 the Best Year Yet! This is a reality with your continued support. Please consider a donation of an amount you can afford so we can grow and continue to offer new and innovative programs with regards to history, farming and environmental conservation.You can make your tax-deductible gift at our website,or send a check to Stony Kill Foundation, 79 Farmstead Ln. Wappinger’s Falls. NY 12590.
Enjoy our Annual Report to see what we can accomplish together! Thank you!
Paul D. Adams
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Stony Kill Foundation
79 Farmstead Lane
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590