On Saturday, May 11, we had a great crowd who embraced the rain, listened to Dar Williams play guitar and talk about her passion for honey bees, and when the rain let up a bit, all made their way into the garden to plant bee-friendly flowers. Later in the afternoon, our two sheep, Priya and Yahtnah, escaped into Farmer Bob’s fields and kept up a very good chase before evading the staff and visitors by swimming across the pond. At last, we caught them! They seemed relieved to be back in their space on the farm.
You and your family are invited to Spring Planting Day with The Sylvia Center and Hudson Valley singer-songwriter Dar Williams. We’ll sing songs, create a beautiful bee-friendly garden, and work to get our farm’s Children’s Garden ready for the growing season ahead.
Bring a water bottle, sun hat, gardening gloves if you have them, and a picnic lunch to enjoy. Feel free to bring healthy snacks to share with others. We will have a garden salad and lemonade available for purchase. Admission is free but registration is required. To register or for more information, please contact Jenn So at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 337-6075.
One of the most lauded singer-songwriters of her generation, Dar Williams has been captivating audiences with her sheer elegance and honesty in her folk-pop songwriting since the early ’90s. In The Time Of Gods, her most recent release, covers many relevant topics such as retaining one’s moral compass, our personal responsibility in changing the world, the politics of power, and following a guiding light in the midst of chaos.
Williams has toured with such distinguished artists as Joan Baez, Patty Griffin, Loudon Wainwright III and Shawn Colvin, and was a regular contributor to the Huffington Post’s Green Blog. A dedicated environmentalist, Williams has created the initiative “Give Bees a Camp” to create a haven of beautiful bee-friendly flower gardens at summer camps while educating campers about planting and the service they are providing for bees and our planet.
We’ve been busy at the farm, occupied with multiple programs, the harvest, and the farmer’s market. Here at the Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm, we call this phenomenon ‘July.’ It is easy to get overwhelmed by looking at the July chalkboard calendar on the office wall (nearly every day has some sort of color-coded chalk note), but the good humor and ‘we’re-all-in-this-together’ attitude of my co-workers keep spirits high and operations in motion.
This week we spent a good amount of time planning and prepping in the kitchen and the garden for the busy weeks ahead of us. Farmer Bob helped us out with some ‘big machine’ projects in the garden, and volunteers, including Robb Garceau the head chef at Great Performances, took on several hand-weeding projects. A mid-week break for the Fourth of July meant harvest day and the farmer’s market were upon us before we knew it.
While Julie and Meg went to the market in Beacon on Sunday (where we sold this funny looking eggplant, and made great new friends), Jenn ran a successful Family Farm Day. She told us how much the family enjoyed harvesting pizza toppings from the Children’s Garden for their individual wood-fired pizzas.