Celebrating Senses, Seasons and
the Culture of Local Agriculture
As we approach the 30th anniversary of FarmHands-CityHands -- formed to link farm
and city for the social, cultural, environmental and
economic enrichment of both -- we're commemorating, celebrating, and hoping you will join us!
What follows are a sampling of FarmDay tours that can
be customized for your org.
Plus, please find out why FarmHands founder Wendy Dubit won a Giraffe Heroes award for "sticking her neck out for the common good," see what the New York Times wrote about FarmHands-CityHands twenty years ago, enjoy Jerry Speier's photos from our Project OnGrowing days, check our blog, be part of our Call to Open Farms, and please join us as we kick off a whole year of in-city and upcountry celebrations -- Sunday, November 22, 2015, from noon - 4 p.m. in the Sycamores Homestead of Ryder Farm in Brewster, New York.
Warmly and loooking forward,
Wendy Dubit, founder, Farmhands-CityHands and
Vergant, Inc., The Senses Bureau and The Renewables: Thinkable Is Doable
Please join us to celebrate senses, seasons, and
the beauty and bounty of our backyard. Savor
Feast on farm-fresh food. Meet makers and growers.
Learn the culture of local agriculture first-hand.
Sample the fruits and vegetables of loving and
honest labor. A sampling of FarmDays that can
for your group and tastes follows. Many more
are available upon request. To learn more, please e-mail
In Celebration of Local Farming and Winemaking
All the culture of local agriculture and viticulture are kept alive at Vintage New York, which serves and sells a dazzling array of New York State wine and food, and
whose motto is "Think Global, Drink Local." Please join for a best-of-local
tasting. Enjoy the benefits of eating, drinking, buying and being local as
you sample wine, apples, cheeses and breads and get to know the growers. Afterwards,
we encourage you to dine out at area restaurants that support local food and
farming, an expanding list of which can be found at www.vergant.com/growing.htm.
Cheese-Making, Bread Baking and More...
Cheesemaking and bread-baking will be in full swing when we arrive at Nina
and Jonathan White's Bobolink Dairy and Bakeyard. After demonstrations and tastings, we will take to the fields, where the
happy cows graze on 200 acres of native pasture grass, followed by a light
lunch with the family and time to shop at the farmstand.
Ryder Farm Jam Sessions
Savor a visit to 200-year-old Ryder Farm in Brewster, New York. This historic
family-owned farm boasts 130 acres of woods, fields, pastures, ponds and
organic fruit, vegetable and flower gardens. After lunch on the back porch
of the Sycamores homestead, during which we'll discuss Community Supported
Agriculture, Willing Workers on Farms, Greenmarkets and all the many ways
in which we can participate in and support local agriculture, we will enjoy
walking tours with Hall Gibson and Betsey Ryder and a jam session (strawberry/rhubarb,
raspberry, blackberry, apple and/or pear, depending on the season). Everyone
gets warm jam over ice cream and a jar of self-made to take home.
Birds of Prey Day: Finding Our Place in Nature
For more than 50 years, Green Chimneys Farm School of Brewster, New York, has pioneered programs and therapies that prove and improve
upon the interdependencies of humans and nature. Among other things, the students
that go to school here grow their own food, tend rare breeds of barnyard animals
and rehabilitate injured wildlife. Join us for a private tour of Green Chimneys'
organic gardens, farm and wildlife center and attend the school's annual Birds
of Prey Day, which includes environmental exhibits and speakers, falconry demonstrations,
and the release of rehabilitated birds back to the wild.
FarmHands-CityHands is sponsored by The Senses Bureau, The Renewables: Thinkable is Doable! and Vergant Media -- developers of pro-social programs, products and practices. Events and tours
are organized and led by Wendy Dubit -- wine, food and lifestyle author, founding editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine,
and founder of FarmHands-CityHands, The Senses Bureau, The Renewables: Thinking is Doable!,
and The Producers' Project. Trips run rain or shine
and, except where specified otherwise. Please dress for the weather!